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Oldsmar Council picks contractor for $1.6 million building renovation

OLDSMAR — By next summer, the City Council will set the town's agenda from new digs.

The Upper Tampa Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce will map out ways to attract and retain businesses from a new location.

And the Oldsmar Historical Society will have a permanent space to display and store some of the city's artifacts.

On Tuesday, council members unanimously selected Honors Contractor Inc. to make all of those plans a reality.

Honors is the same company that built the new library on E St. Petersburg Drive and the Cypress Forest Park Recreation Center on N Pine Avenue.

Now, it has been tasked with renovating one of the city's oldest public buildings — the historic bank building on State Street — and turning it into a 21st century, green-certified showpiece.

"That's kind of the new standard in building," said John Mulvihill, the city's director of public works. "You want to renovate your buildings so they're environmentally friendly and energy efficient.

"We have incorporated all the cost-effective energy conservation issues into the design. We're looking at a 19 percent savings in lighting and air conditioning and energy savings on hot water and those kinds of things."

The first floor, which is 4,500 square feet, will be the new home of the Upper Tampa Bay Chamber, the Historical Society and the city's two community officers.

The upper floor, which is 4,000 square feet, will include the council chambers, a conference room for work and executive sessions, and two offices.

"We're going to have a place that is going to be a showplace for the next 30, 40, 50 years," Mayor Jim Ronecker said.

Renovations are expected to cost nearly $1.56 million. More than $1.25 million of that will come from the city's capital improvement fund.

"The remaining funds required to award the contract will be allocated in the October 2010 Budget Revision," Mulvihill wrote in a memo to council members.

Construction will more than likely begin on Oct. 1 and last for about 300 days, he said.

"That would put us somewhere around the end of July of 2011," Mulvihill said. "I hope to be done before then, by the beginning of June."

And what will happen to the current council chambers?

City Manager Bruce Haddock's "plan right now is to demolish it," Mulvihill said. "It would just be parking."

Rodney Thrash can be reached at or (727) 445-4167.

Oldsmar Council picks contractor for $1.6 million building renovation 08/18/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 8:02pm]
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