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Increasing costs on Main Street

Council approves change orders related to demolition of former Marshall Hotel

Construction on the southeast side of Marshall’s City Hall building continues. On Tuesday, members of the City Council went over costs related to the demolition of the former Marshall Hotel, and rebuilding the southeast wall of city hall.

MARSHALL — Construction continues at Marshall’s City Hall and the site of the former Marshall Hotel. And while members of the Marshall City Council were faced with some increased costs, council members said they weren’t completely unexpected.

At Tuesday’s city council meeting, council members discussed and then approved a pair of change orders related to the ongoing construction downtown. Although council members talked about the change orders, there wasn’t much controversy over them. Council member Russ Labat said the discussion was for the sake of transparency within the city.

“The majority of this expense will be related to the hotel demolition,” Labat said.

The demolition was a separate project from renovations next door at City Hall, council members emphasized.

“This was an added project,” said council member James Lozinski.

When the long-vacant hotel building was torn down, it revealed that City Hall was several inches narrower at one end of the building than at the other. The southeast wall of the building would need to be torn out and rebuilt to make it square.

One of the change orders being brought before the council was a contract increase of $407,236, for costs related to rebuilding the wall. Another change order, an increase of $18,007, reflected changes to the fire alarm systems and plumbing in the building.

Some of the added costs from the demolition were because of things that were only revealed when the hotel was torn down, council members said.

“When you start remodeling, you run into unexpected expenses,” Labat said. At the same time, tearing down the former hotel removed an eyesore and a fire hazard that had been standing on Main Street for 20 or 30 years, he said. Before the city had acquired the hotel property, it had been declared a hazardous building by the state fire marshal’s office.

Council members also added that the city building committee and city staff were working with contractors to help minimize additional cost increases for the city hall project.

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