Architect to Present South Orange Village Hall Renovation Plans

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An “Architect Presentation of Program and Plans for Village Hall Renovation” is on the agenda for the South Orange Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, November 10.

See the full agenda here.

The building has been undergoing a renovation process by the town which has allocated $6.5 million for the process. South Orange has demolished much of the interior  — though not the meeting room — and has removed all asbestos.

The village plans to go out to bid for further renovations on November 19, with bids to be received in early January 2015.

A Request for Proposals for the sale and redevelopment of the building was issued in August with proposals due December 3. (That date may be extended due to a printer delay; see the RFP documents here.) The RFP includes a mandatory requirement that the building’s exterior be preserved and restored in compliance an historic preservation easement.

“We have formed a working group of stakeholders who will meet to discuss possible uses and then evaluate any proposals received,” wrote Village Administrator Barry Lewis in an email. “The goal is for the group to vet any proposals and their economic impact to put us in a position to evaluate any proposals in conjunction with the bids received for the renovation work.”

Meanwhile, locals can see the progress of work completed to date in a video posted on YouTube.

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