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St. Charles eyes spring finish for building renovations

St. Charles officials plan for complement to historic Arcada

ST. CHARLES – Renovation of a city-owned building next to the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles is expected to be finished in 2019, preparing it for future use that city officials hope complements the historic entertainment venue.

The City Council on Sept. 4 approved paying Schramm Construction $44,350 to prepare design and construction documents for the project at the vacant, aging structure at 107-109 E. Main St.

When the city in 2012 bought the building – the longtime site of George’s Sports Center – it needed many repairs and the building continued to deteriorate.

Since 2017, Schramm has done some interior demolition of the structure, and the city completed a roof replacement for about $57,000 last fall.

The building is now weather-tight and the final interior and exterior improvements could be finished by next spring, the city’s public works director Peter Suhr told officials. The city budgeted $900,000 this year for the project.

Construction likely will begin this fall after the City Council approves the design and awards building contracts. The project will include window and stair replacement, tuckpointing, elevator installation and other improvements.

A future tenant or buyer would complete the internal buildout for its specific purpose pursuant to a lease/sale being completed, city officials said.

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