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<br />e <br /> <br />January 7 meeting. However, board members could not agree on whether to <br />support or oppose removal of the building and decided to forward their <br />minutes to the State without a formal recommendation. <br /> <br />In an effort to gather additional information, Ms. Bohman said staff <br />contracted with Dennis McGee, an engineer who was involved with the <br />AxBilly and Schaeffer rehabilitations. She said Mr. McGee was asked to <br />estimate the cost of renovating the school to house both proposals. His <br />results were $43 per square foot for construction costs alone. Other <br />expenses increased that amount to $52 per square foot for a total of <br />$2,495,500 for the entire project. To convert the school into regular <br />housing units, Mr. McGee found that each approximately 850-square-foot <br />unit would cost approximately $130,000. <br /> <br />Ms. Bohman said the study was used as a hypothetical situation in order <br />to have a specific use and a specific cost. She said representatives <br />from both projects believe the building would not meet their needs. <br /> <br />Ms. Wooten asked how much it would cost to renovate the building for a <br />child care center or some other community use. <br /> <br />City Manager Mike Gleason said the school district staff conducted such a <br />study that analyzed whether part of the school could be turned into a <br />community recreation area. He said school officials ran into problems <br />closing off part of the bUilding because of the exiting codes. <br /> <br />~ Ms. Wooten said she has had inquiries from organizations interested in <br />renovating the building for community uses compatible with the <br />neighborhood. She said she would like some way of determining what the <br />cost of such a project would be. <br /> <br />Mr. Gleason said the City would have to commission a special study to <br />explore that option. One problem when using only part of the building is <br />the structural prohibitions with regard to fire exiting. He estimated <br />that by the time exiting codes are met the renovation price would be <br />similar to Mr. McGeels figures. <br /> <br />Ms. Wooten asked what criteria PARCS is using to develop a new site for <br />the specialized recreation program. Ed Smith, PARCS director, said the <br />primary criteria is accessibility to the people who use the facility. He <br />said the current location at Washington Park is not close enough to the <br />majority of the users. The new site will also have to have paved <br />surfaces, and be nearby playgrounds or a community center. He said the <br />department is operating under the assumption that the Lincoln School <br />would have to be razed to accomodate the specialized recreation program. <br /> <br />e <br /> <br />MINUTES--City Council Work Session <br /> <br />January 11, 1988 <br /> <br />Page 2 <br />