Cheraw Town Council members continue to explore their options in determining the most efficient and cost effective direction to take in renovating, demolishing, and constructing new buildings at the Cheraw Complex.
Several months ago, when roof repair estimates on existing structures were far more costly than anticipated, council members literally returned to the drawing board.
Gary Brown, of Brown, Goforth and Associates, spoke to council members Tuesday evening about cost estimates and how to move forward with the project.
Brown estimates it will take approximately $125,000 to renovate one section of the existing buildings, and $215,000 to renovate the area currently being used for gymnastics.
As the plan now stands, the former office section of the old buildings would be torn down, and a new Public Works building would be constructed for an estimated cost of $1.6 million.
Brown suggested council hire a civil engineer.
“Your first step should be an accurate survey in order to get a handle on civil design.”
Cheraw Mayor Andy Ingram, in reference to the cost estimates, said, “It’s my understanding you’ve tweaked, and tweaked and tweaked these numbers to cut cost. Is that correct?”
“Yes, sir,” Brown said. “These would be conservative estimates.”
Brown said it is often difficult to know what kind of design or engineering problems you may run into when dealing with existing structures. Essentially, he said, “you’re spending money backing up and then you’re still married to an old building.”
“Is there anyway we can just sell the buildings?” asked Councilman Fred Harris.
“Well,” said Ingram. “Who would want it?”
Several members of council expressed the need to move forward with plans for the Cheraw Complex, but remained concerned about the bottom line costs.
“At some point, we’ve got to bite the bullet, but we won’t know true figures until we can get some bids,” said Ingram.
“We want to get Public Works into a new building before the old one falls in on them,” said Councilman Reid McBride.
— Karen Kissiah can be reached at 843-537-5261.