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Council approves putting Moore Center out to bid



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Renovations of the former Moore School are estimated to cost about $4.6 million.

ELLSWORTH — Voicing strong support for the project and what it will mean for city residents, city councilors unanimously approved putting the renovation of the former Moore School out to bid at a meeting Monday night.

The city has received an estimate from the engineering firm Woodard & Curran that the project has an estimated total price tag of $4,667,000.

City Manager Michelle Beal said the hope and expectation is that figure will represent the high bid, and that other bids will come in lower than that.

The current estimated price tag is more than $1 million higher than an estimate presented to the council one year ago. Beal explained the cost increase is due to a number of factors, most notably the decision to add a closed-in atrium to the project.

Other factors included the addition of an elevator, the need to replace interior walls and add bathrooms that meet current code requirements, the addition of a retaining wall for parking and green space and a general realization that the building “needed more work than we anticipated.”

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Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.
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