Price rises on county building remodel

The cost to remodel the county’s Central Services facility in downtown Grand Junction has increased by more than $250,000, as officials plan to replace another roof and relocate another county department.

County commissioners agreed Monday to allocate another $264,255 to FCI Constructors for the remodel of the 53,000-square-foot building at 105 W. Colorado Ave.

The money will be used to remove and replace the metal roof over the warehouse on the west end and to move the Elections Department of the Clerk and Recorder’s Office from the courthouse at 544 Rood Ave. into the facility.

“It was always questionable,” Facilities and Parks Department Project Manager Dave Detwiler said of the roof.

The county always intended to move the Motor Vehicle and Recording departments of the Clerk and Recorder’s Office into the former City Market warehouse and decided to include the Elections Department to make it easier to cross-train employees.

The only division within the Clerk and Recorder’s Office that will remain in the courthouse is the clerk to the board of commissioners.

Commissioner Steve Acquafresca wondered whether the Elections Department would retain a presence in the courthouse, noting people are accustomed to going to the courthouse around election time to change voter registration information or pick up absentee ballots.

Along with departments within the Clerk and Recorder’s Office, the Public Works and Planning departments housed at 750 Main St. and warehouse space leased for supplemental food programs and emergency medical supplies will move into the Central Services facility.

The changes will elevate the cost from $3.9 million to $4.16 million.

Officials said the total project cost, including building purchase and design, should remain around $7 million.

In other business Monday, commissioners:

• Approved a $3.2 million contract with United Companies of Mesa County to pave county roads this year.

• Approved a $455,841 contract with Grand Junction-based Mountain Valley Contracting to complete a series of improvements on D 1/2 Road between 32 Road and Shire Drive.

• Approved the receipt of a $382,958 federal grant to conduct a master plan study of the airport’s terminal area.


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