Staff recommends the City Commissionís approval to submit an application for a Special Purpose Grant for the Renovation and Restoration of the Leesburg Womenís Club Building/Cultural Museum.
†the City of Historic
Leesburg Womenís located at is
period, the City granted first floor space in the building to the Leesburg
Heritage Society for museum displays, and later granted office
space to the Leesburg Partnership on the first floor.
In 1997 the City
awarded a grant from the Secretary of State to perform an architectural survey
of the building, with the intent to undertake the renovation and restoration of
the building.† The survey was conducted
and completed by James Senatore, Architect in 1998.† The survey included proposals that would
restore the original historic exterior characteristics, modernize and upgrade
the plumbing and electrical systems, add an elevator for second floor access
and public restrooms for use during downtown events, plus renovate both the
first and second floors of the building.
This application is
proposing a multi-phased approach for the project
.† In this first application the
City would perform a detailed engineering evaluation of the overall structure,
perform the renovations on the first floor, upgrade the plumbing and electrical
systems and restrooms, and add an ADA compliant restroom there.† In addition it is
possible that we could proceed with the exterior restorations and add the
exterior structure that will house the elevator.
successive applications we will request funding to install an elevator, add exterior
emergency stairway, bring the primary stairway into compliance with the
existing building codes, renovate the second floor, add
ADA compliant restrooms on the second floor, upgrade the HVAC system to
accommodate both the first and second floors, and
restore the second floor windows to modern historically appropriate systems.
1.† Authorize staff to submit the grant application
2.† Such alternative action as the Commission may deem appropriate
Special Purpose Grants-in-Aid
are a 50/50 match
to a† maximum reimbursable amount of
$350,000 and require completion of the funded project within 2 years of
accepting the grant.† It is anticipated
that the City will make application for at least one additional grant under
this program to complete the project.†
The Recreation and Parks Department has budgeted $700,000 each year for this project in
2007-08, FY 2008-09, and FY 2009-10 as a part of their Capital
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City Manager ___________________
Account No. __
Project No. ___________________
WF No. ______________________
RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF
IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF
††††††††††† THAT the City Manager is hereby authorized to submit a grant application to the Secretary of Stateís Office of Cultural and Historical Programs†for a Special Purpose Grant in the amount of $350,000.00 for the purpose of renovating and restoring the Historic Leesburg Womenís Club Building located at 111 South 6th Street, Leesburg, Florida.
††††††††††† †THAT this resolution shall become effective immediately.
AND ADOPTED by the City
Commission of the City of