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Report: BB&T building needs at least $420,000 in repairs

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The former BB&T bank on 102 East Main Street that the town of Front Royal plans to renovate for use as government office space. The town bought the building and parking lot for $1.11 million. Total repair costs for the building are estimated at more than $420,000. Rich Cooley/Daily

Town bought former bank site, parking lot for use as office space

By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com

FRONT ROYAL -- ECS Mid-Atlantic, the engineering firm that conducted an inspection of the former BB&T building on Main Street, has estimated total repair costs at more than $420,000.

The renovations will be paid for over the next 10 years.

The building, at 102 E. Main St., was recently purchased by the town to use as office space for different governmental departments. The building and a parking lot cost $1.11 million.

ECS, in the "property condition assessment," listed several repairs that needed attention immediately. These include repairs to sidewalks, the chimney cap, and shingled roofing. The firm also recommended renovations to restrooms on the second floor of the building, and estimated that cost at $50,000.

Some repairs were listed as needing to be dealt with in the next year. A sprinkler system needs to be installed throughout the building, with estimated costs at $65,000. ECS also projected a total cost of $124,920 for "interior finishes of common areas."

While some issues could be repaired quickly, ECS noted that later on things will have to be replaced. For example, the asphalt shingled roofing repair cost is estimated at $1,000, but replacement of the roofing would need to happen at some point over the next 10 years. Replacement costs are estimated at $12,000.

Town Manager Steve Burke said the town will focus on several renovations that take top priority, including the roof, air conditioning unit, and installation of elevators. ECS estimated the cost of the elevators at $200,000.

In the inspection report, ECS said "The current electrical service will not provide the proper amperage for a new elevator. Due to the age of the service and the expected installation of a new elevator, we recommend that the main electrical service be replaced."

According to Burke, the estimated costs are conservative.

"We realize that construction costs will be less than what was projected," he said.

Funding for the renovations are to come through an internal loan from the town's electric fund balance.

"The renovations will provide a functional, accessible and presentable building," Burke said.


What I want to know is were these repair costs known in advance of the purchase price and factored in, or is this being discovered after the fact? I can't wait to hear what the cost will be estimated at to install the new water line to the North Commercial Corridor; you would have thought we would have determined that long before the agreement made with Dominion Virginia Power. Next will be the upgrade to the Wastewater Treatment Plant, again with no oversight and no questions by taxpayers that are going to get hammered by the estimated $50 million price tag. Elections are coming.....

C'mon Jerry.....you know that elections in this town mean nothing. What do the elected officers have to lose by their votes or actions on "anything" ? There is no meaningful income with these posts and 15 minutes of fame in this town is worth nothing unless you are a former delgate looking for an appointed judgeship. The only ramifcation of poor decision making is having to leave the party early or not getting an invite next time.

Jerry,Jerry,Jerry the BB&t building is not needing 420,000.00 in major repairs .It's the elevator and wiring needed to run all the equipment that is costly. Call the mayor,town members of council or the town manager to find out what the real deal is. also get info on the water loop (you may learn that dominion is paying for the loop) and check on why the EPA is forceing towns along the shenandoah river to spend mult.millions of our hard earned money to build bigger sewage plants so the water is better for our future kids. U did have one thing right(elections are coming) lol---have a great day.

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