County will pay more to renovate OUP property than first thought

LANCASTER — The cost to renovate a building at 12941 Stonecreek Drive NW on the Ohio University Pickerington campus to house some Fairfield County offices may increase by $600,000 from the original estimate of $1.2 million.

“We’re all frustrated by that,” commissioner Steve Davis said. “By the same token, we’re experiencing what other people are experiencing right now. It’s hard to get contractors that have time right now. We only got one bidder on that project. Material prices are going crazy. So you have kind of perfect storm right now of a very, very tight contractor supply, a labor supply and material prices that are spiraling upward quickly.”

The county plans to close on the $2.75 million purchase this fall. In the meantime, it has a use agreement with OU on the property.

The county will rebid the project for $1.8 million after an architect originally valued the work at $1.2 million. The new bids are due back on May 20. The only bid the county originally received was for a little more than $2 million. The Ohio Revised Code prohibits and municipality from rewarding a bid of more than 10% over the estimated cost.

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