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Gary City Hall to get stair repairs

GARY- Where residents walk and stop in City Hall should look better soon.

The Board of Public Works and Safety Wednesday opened bids on repairs to the stairways on the south, west and east sides of City Hall and for renovation on public bathrooms in the building.

The board also granted a list of contracts to local companies to upgrade a number of homes on the federal dime and approved a list of change orders to the $5.5 million East Ridge Road renovation project.

The stairs leading to three exterior entrances of City Hall have been in need of repair for years, with the city occasionally doing patch work in different areas.

The bids opened Wednesday called for more comprehensive work, including handrails and other details. They ranged from $9,500 to $36,000 with a wide range of work in them. Gariup Construction, the Gary-based company that has been a frequent recipient of city contracts, suggested an “exploratory” approach, bidding $4,970 for a thorough inspection of the stairs before determining the scope and price of work.

The companies also varied widely on their prices for fixing up the building’s bathrooms, many of which show the same kind of patchwork as the exterior stairs. The tree bids ranged from $38,250 from SAJ Construction to $64,000 from Myers Builders, of East Chicago.

Eight residents will have significant work done- more than $150,000 worth collectively- on their homes, thanks to federal HUD money going to the city’s Community Development department in block grants.

GEO-AL Contractors was awarded the smallest contract, $12,000 to work on a home in the 2500 block of Adams Street, and the biggest, landing $24,8000 to work on a house in the 800 block of Virginia Street. The firm also picked up a $24,7000 contract for a home on the 1600 block of W. 9th Avenue.

Dunes Construction was the next biggest winner, landing $21,625 to work on a home in the 2000 block of Harrison Street and $22,625 to work on a house in the 500 block of Georgia.



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