Renovation work on Marietta’s historic Armory is set to enter its second phase.
City Councilman Harley Noland, who chairs the Lands, Parks and Buildings Committee, says the first phase involved landscaping and paving of the new parking lot, installation of new windows and doors, and reconstruction of the front steps.
For the second phase, City Council awarded a contract for roofing and structural work to E. Lee Construction of Delphos, for a bid of $651,000.
Noland says the work is funded by a grant and will include roofing and structural work.
“A new roof will be put over the entire structure, making it water-tight. Repairs will also be made to areas that experienced leaks, including a damaged floor,” explains Noland.
After that, he says another grant is set for interior work. “But, in order to be paid for that grant, the project must end with a certificate of occupancy that says the building is safe for human occupancy – that means it needs to have heat, light, and functioning bathrooms,” says Noland. “At the moment, the grant wouldn’t allow for the entire interior to be done, but would allow for a majority of the floor ground level.”
The floor level will include a bus station, offices for veterans services, a tourist information center, and public restrooms for downtown visitors.
Meanwhile, according to press reports, the leaking roof at City Hall is getting worse. Repairs are estimated at $100,000 - $130,000.