By Joe Lewis - Staff Writer
Oct. 16, 2013 — The Olive Hill Historical Society met Monday to unanimously accept a $731,887 bid by Tri State Construction and Enterprise for more work on the old Olive Hill High School.
These renovations will be funded by a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant received in 2011 and $325,000 grant awarded this year by the Appalachian Regional Commission.
This is the sixth round of bidding for this phase of renovation.
All five previous rounds far exceeded the funds available for the project. Those results prompted the Historical Society to seek additional grant funding.
“It has been a nightmare. The costs far exceeded what we had planned,” said Linda Lowe, president of the historical society.
The mood at Monday’s meeting, however, was one of relief and joyous anticipation as all board members expressed their happiness at the prospect of seeing the largest phase of the building’s renovation finally moving forward.
The new project will include renovation of all classrooms on the main floor, installation of a sprinkler system and restoration of the building’s stairwells.
In addition, the third floor will be renovated, including installation of two restrooms, to house the Olive Hill Branch of the Carter County Public Library.
The project also will include installation of an elevator on the east end an HVAC system throughout all areas except the gymnasium.
While no specific starting date was given, the consensus among board members was to get the work started as soon as possible.
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