Mexico Beach council will return to Parker House negotiations

Published: Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 09:43 AM.

“The city is leaving too much money on the table to accept the current offer.”

To figure out if the insurance company’s assessment was based on rebuilding a two-story Parker House, the council asked if Brian Cathey had completed an estimate for that scenario, which he said he had not.

“A two-story commercial building of the Parker House would be more expensive than the one-story city hall we have planned,” said Cathey. “There’s never been a commercial estimate provided by the insurance company.”

“What we lost was not a house, it was a city hall.”

Cathey said that his contract with the city does not currently have a final number attached to it and there’s nothing to prevent the city from building a smaller structure. The city could also rebid the project if Cathey Construction wouldn’t do the work for the amount paid by the insurance company.

“We have not been instructed to build anything,” said Cathey. “We cannot get a definitive decision on anything.

“We prepared a cost estimate of the building that was designed.”

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