Renovations to transform the old Mint Hill Town Hall into a new Mint Hill Police Department could begin within weeks.
Edifice General Contractors, who was hired to oversee the project, recently opened bids from 91 companies vying to work on the project, according to information provided by Edifice’s Andy Aldridge, vice president of pre-construction services.
Town commissioners are expected to vote on the project March 14, Interim Town Clerk Michelle Farrar said. The town pays $5,800 per month in rent for the police department’s current 5,520-square-foot space at 7200 Matthews-Mint Hill Road.
Unlike private projects, government entities are required to take the lowest bidder. Three of the low bidders – Mr. Doorman, First Choice Glass and Abaco – worked on the new town hall at 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane, Aldridge said.
But of the low bidders, only one company is based in Mint Hill – GTM Mechanical. Edifice officials, however, are encouraging all companies to hire Mint Hill-based subcontractors, Aldridge said.
The low bids total $1,264,311. The amount doesn’t include fees for Edifice, architects Creech and Associates, permits and furniture.
In June, when commissioners voted on draft plans for the renovation, officials estimated the total cost at $1.8 million. It was unclear at press time if the total cost estimate has changed now that bids are in.
Draft plans approved by commissioners show a public parking lot with at least seven spaces being built on the front corner of the building next to the driveway.
Police officers and other department employees will park behind the building in a gated lot accessible with a security card.
According to the draft plans, the breezeway will be closed and the area used as a lobby with a reception desk featuring bullet-resistant glass and walls with fiberglass and steel plates inside them. Administrative offices will be town offices were, with few walls removed.
The old council chamber will be used as a conference and training room and the restrooms will be renovated with lockers added. A small conference room will be used for evidence storage and include a sprinkler system.
Soundproof interrogation rooms also will be added.
Also included in the plans:
• Pressure wash existing stone facade, possibly using a sealer or paint to protect from elements
• Replace broken window seals
• Repair roof leaks around vents
• Cover stone columns
• Cover “Mint Hill Town Hall” name on front; add seal or emblem on front glass
• Fix cracked, loose bricks
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