Deadline set for Taft Technology Center proposals

Construction is expected to be done by Dec. 17.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Companies looking to design and build the Taft Technology Center have until Feb. 5 to submit their proposals.
The Youngstown Central Area Community Improvement Corp., a downtown property redevelopment agency overseeing the center project, is accepting the proposals. A mandatory prebid conference for those interested in the job is set for 2 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Youngstown Business Incubator.
The CIC will open the proposals at 2 p.m. Feb. 5 at the incubator on West Federal Street. The agency will award the contract no later than 45 days after the Feb. 5 deadline and could do it as early as Feb. 12, said Jan Seidler, its president.
Construction is expected to start in March with a Dec. 17 completion date, he said.
The three-story, 5.9 million technology center will be built between the business incubator and the Semple Building on West Federal Street, just east of the Home Savings and Loan building. The center will be up to 30,000 square feet.
The CIC had five buildings demolished in November where the Taft center will be built.
Language approved
The redevelopment agency needed approval from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, which provided 2 million for the project, on the request-for-proposal language before advertising for contractors to do the design and construction work, Seidler said. That approval was recently given, he said.
The center is being named for departing Gov. Bob Taft, who was instrumental in obtaining 3.5 million in state money for the facility.
The state also is providing 2.75 million for another technology project on West Federal Street. The total cost of that project is 5.9 million and is to be done in phases.
The initial phase calls for asbestos remediation and demolition of the vacant Armed Forces Building and the old State Theater as well as a major renovation of the Wells and Semple buildings on the south side of West Federal Street. That first phase is expected to begin next summer.

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