September 20, 2011 |

S.S. Market House could be ready to re-open in the spring

The South Side Market House is on track to be reopened by spring of 2012.

Councilman Bruce Kraus and Director of Public Works Rob Kaczorowski visited the senior citizens' program at the Brashear Center to announce plans to make repairs to the vestibule floor and stairways leading to the second floor in the Market House allowing the facility to be reopened in the foreseeable future.

Structural issues with the floor joists of the Market House forced its closure in April of this year resulting in the relocation of the senior programs to the Brashear Center.

When closed, city officials estimated cost to make the repairs at approximately $400,000. However, when bids were received the cost of repairing the building had ballooned to $730,000.

One reason for the increased price tag on the repairs was the amount of manual labor needed to demolish and "bucket out" in the crawl space beneath the floor area, explained the councilman.

Compounding the problem, according to Mr. Kraus, was it was discovered the Oliver Bath House was in need of similar repairs and may have to have been closed. After examining the problem, it was determined the Public Works Department would be able to facilitate the repairs at the bath house at a reduced cost.

Public Works officials determined they would be able to do the preliminary demolition work in-house, saving a large portion of the estimated costs.

Utilizing commitments from the Public Works Department and Citiparks, along with funding through the District 3 Council office, the councilman said they were able to accumulate $250,000 to complete the project.

The timeline for the project has work beginning in earnest in early fall and completed in June of 2012.

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