A parking zone that serves the Portage County Courthouse in Ravenna will price hundreds lower than as soon as estimated, Portage County commissioners realized Thursday. 

JoAnn Townend, director of inner companies, up to date commissioners on the standing of the county owned lot behind the courthouse, which is utilized by jurors and guests to the courthouse. 

Extra:Landscaping, enhancements eyed for county-owned parking zone in downtown Ravenna

Final yr, Most important Road Ravenna approached commissioners, asking them to include landscaping enhancements and brick walkways into the parking zone enchancment to make the lot extra inviting to guests. Commissioners, nonetheless, did not like the truth that the proposed design would come with fewer areas within the parking zone, which may turn out to be an issue ought to the courthouse ever increase 

A page from the Ravenna Downtown District Plan, as seen in a presentation from Implement Studios, shows how a parking lot for the Ravenna courthouse could be more inviting.

Townend then labored with Ravenna Metropolis Engineer Bob Finney and an architect to give you a brand new design for the parking zone. The architect has estimated building prices at $688,632. Beforehand, the parking zone repaving had been estimated at $1 million.

Townend mentioned the architect is engaged on bid specs and paperwork have been submitted to Ravenna’s Planning Fee for approval, with a aim of ending the work by the tip of the yr.

Ravenna’s Design Assessment Fee is also contemplating enhancements to Riddle Block 1, the place roof substitute and HVAC upgrades are estimated to price a mixed whole of about $1 million. Masonary restoration and window substitute on the constructing are on maintain, she mentioned.

Different tasks with new price estimates embrace renovations and modernization on the Portage County Juvenile Court docket, which is predicted to price simply over $800,000; home windows on the Portage County Prosecutor’s Workplace, anticipated to price $300,000; and enhancements on the county’s emergency operations heart anticipated to price greater than $4.5 million. 

Reporter Diane Smith will be reached at 330-298-1139 or dsmith@recordpub.com. 

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