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The Suburbanite
  • Bow Building renovations to cost nearly $2 million

  • Marc Warner, administrator for the Stark County Common Pleas Court, told commissioners Tuesday that renovations to ready the former Frank T. Bow Federal Building for its new county government occupants will cost an estimated $1.89 million. The court and the commissioners will split the cost.

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  • To ready the former Frank T. Bow Federal Building for its new county government occupants will cost an estimated $1.89 million, commissioners learned Tuesday.
    Marc Warner, administrator for the Stark County Common Pleas Court who has spearheaded the project, presented the cost estimates to the three commissioners Tuesday as part of the board’s weekly work session. Commissioners hope to move the county Public Defender’s Office as well as several common pleas court programs to the Bow building in February.
    Half of the renovation cost will come from the commissioners’ permanent improvement fund, which cannot be used for daily operating expenses. The rest will come from user fees that the Common Pleas Court collects.
    The estimate includes:
    • $50,000 to eliminate some of the asbestos in the building that was built in 1933.
    • $1.4 million for construction of the lower and main floors of the building. The second floor will not be used at this time.
    • $26,365 for roof repairs.
    • $185,750 to connect the building to the county’s voice and data communication network.
    Commissioners next will advertise the project to obtain prices from contractors to do the renovation. Warner said the moving date has been delayed from January to February.
    The building’s former tenants, which included the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and the Internal Revenue Service, moved in 2010 to the new Ralph Regula Federal Building.