New bids to be sought for independent-living site

WARREN -- Plans for an independent-living site for people with mental illness, to be built on the city's West Side, have gone back to the drawing board.
Trumbull County commissioners will be asked today to reject all bids submitted for building the one-story, 2,025-square foot structure at 4861 Enterprise Drive.
The county-owned land is off Parkman Road Northwest near the Warren Outerbelt. The building is to contain eight independent-living units for people who are homeless or mentally ill. Each of the eight individual units will have a living and kitchen area, bedroom and bath.
The project is being overseen by Lifelines, the county's alcohol, drug addiction and mental health services board, which received grants from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Bruce W. Sekanick, of the project architect Phillips/Sekanick Architects Inc., told commissioners during a work session Tuesday that the bids were $150,000 to $180,000 more than desired. Rejection will make it necessary to seek new bids for general construction, mechanical, plumbing, electrical and fire suppression.
The low bidder for general construction was S.E.T. Inc., Lowellville, which bid $461,751; at the top end of the scale for general construction was Hudson Construction Inc., Hermitage, Pa., which bid $544,000.

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