Affordable housing agreement approved

Published: Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 09:23 AM.

“This is for moving and setting up the structures,” said city manager Jim Anderson. “They would be bringing it by road the costs of lowering power lines is not included.”

Initial estimates from Duke Energy peg that cost at $150,000-$300,000. Mayor Mel Magidson has indicated that discussions with the utility indicated no willingness to donate the expense.

The city is short that amount for the move by an estimated $100,000 or more.

The state appropriated $325,000 for the effort to relocate the lighthouse and structures and a fundraising campaign by the St. Joseph Historical Society has brought in $40,000-$50,000.

The Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency secured a $30,000 grant and matched it.

The city received an extension of time from the federal government to move the structures. Originally the deadline expired in late August but the date was pushed back to January.

City manager Jim Anderson said city staff and engineers Preble Rish were reviewing the bids – “It is quite a complex package” – and determining whether there was room to work with the contractor to bring the price down or whether bids might be tossed and the project rebid.

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