COLUMBIA — The city is looking for formal requests for possible occupants for the Heibel-March Building, located at the corner of Range Line Street and Wilkes Boulevard.
On Monday evening, the City Council passed a motion directing Parks and Recreation to issue a request for proposals* to determine whether any parties are interested in renovating and using the building. This request comes after the Parks and Recreation Commission's recommendation at its May 17 meeting that the building be taken down.
The deadline for proposals is expected to be around the first week of August, and the council is expected to review proposal recommendations from Parks and Recreation and the Historic Preservation Commission on Oct. 1.**
In the formal request, parties will have to explain what they want to do with the building and how they plan to fund the project.
"Right now we have two different parties that have expressed interest in the building," said Mike Hood, Parks and Recreation director.
The building was purchased by the city in 1998 for $150,000 with the intent to make it part of Field Park, according to a previous Missourian report.
When the building was bought, the Parks and Recreation Department recommended the building be taken down and replaced with a large attractive landscape bed as an entrance into downtown.
The North Central Columbia Neighborhood Association wanted to save the building and turn it into a resource for the community. The building has since passed through the hands of a number of organizations including Central Missouri Community Action, First Chance for Children and Legacy Construction Group.
In 2008, it was estimated that it would cost between $200,000 and $250,000 to renovate the building.
This is not the first time the city has issued a request for proposals for the structure, Hood said. In 2008, the city issued a request for proposals for the building. In 2010, the Legacy Construction Group submitted a proposal to restore the building which never came to fruition, according to the Parks and Recreation Department's history of the building.
The Historic Preservation Commission will discuss the fate of the building at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
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