Costs unclear to restore Hamilton's historic Soldiers, Sailors and Pioneers monument

Posted at 1:51 PM, Jul 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-18 13:52:05-04

HAMILTON, Ohio — Bids for the first of three phases to restore the Soldiers, Sailors and Pioneers Monument in downtown Hamilton range from $156,000 to $816,000.

WCPO media partner the Journal-News reported Monday that the 112-year-old building houses historic artifacts and war records that may be in peril due to a crumbling ceiling and other structural issues.

County Administrator Charlie Young said the low bid was a “good” bid, but they are having their architect examine the bid documents to make sure everything is included. The commissioners could pick a contractor on Aug.1.

A recent report put a $1 million price tag on the building’s entire restoration. The architect divided the cost of the project into three phases:

  • The first phase had an estimated price tag of $471,778, plus $90,000 for scaffolding that will be up for six months, $157,480 for contingencies and $125,984 for general conditions, meaning what contractors may find beneath the surface.
  • The second phase was expected to cost $33,550 and includes things like new storm windows over the stained glass and other windows and cleaning the bronze sculpture at the top. These items would be addressed in a three- to five-year time frame.
  • The third phase was estimated at $124,923 and would address aesthetics such as cleaning, replacing bird deterrents and other finishing touches.

Read Callahan's original report for the Journal-News here.