Gary approves roof repair for Genesis Center
By Michael Gonzalez Post-Tribune correspondent August 23, 2013 9:08PM
The Genesis Convention Center is in downtown Gary, Ind. Tuesday August 2, 2011. | Stephanie Dowell~Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 25, 2013 6:06AM
GARY — The Genesis Convention Center will get major roof repairs, and city officials approved spending more federal money on homelessness cessation programs.
The city’s Board of Public Works and Safety approved roof repairs for the convention center anchoring the downtown area, granting a $406,828 contract to Gary’s E.C. Babilla.
Over its 32-year history, the city has poured millions of dollars into repairing the center, most recently paying more than $4 million to upgrade its air conditioning systems.
The recent approval, which still must get the go-ahead from the city’s Department of Redevelopment board, will draw funds from a tax increment financing area focusing on City Hall and surrounding structures.
The board also approved two federal grants, through its Community Development Department, for Continuum of Care, a local not-for-profit company that works with homeless people.
The larger grant, for $51,000, will go toward providing transitional housing for residents facing homelessness. Part of the funds, $11,000, will come the Lake County Minority Health Coalition, while the balance will be drawn from federal funds.
Continuum of Care also landed a $5,000 grant for rapid re-housing and homelessness prevention.
The board also opened a wide range of quotes for work to repair stairs and hand rails at City Hall.
The quotes range from $193,630 from Gary-based Gariup Construction to $321,720 from Powers and Sons, another local company.
There were five total bidders. The bids will be referred to staff members to determine which one was most responsive to meeting the stated bid requirements and which one will be most responsible, or demonstrates they have the ability to do the work as required