Black House bid received
BLACKSBURG The long-sought renovation of the historic Alexander Black House may be moving closer as Blacksburg town staff review the lone proposal submitted for the $1.37 million project.
At a Town Council work session last week, staff said the only bidder on the renovation was Snyder & Associates of Blacksburg. Engineering director Adele Schirmer said that Snyder’s proposal seemed solid but cautioned that a detailed review has not been completed.
When that review is done, council will look at the plan and decide whether to accept it, or to start the bidding process over and seek additional proposals. The council has scheduled a public hearing on the matter during its 7:30 p.m. meeting Tuesday at the town Municipal Building.
Once occupied by relatives of early settler Samuel Black and town founder William Black, the Alexander Black House was a funeral home for much of the 20th century. It was moved out of the way of downtown construction in 2002 and relocated to Draper Road. Since then the town has maintained it while raising funds to restore it, build an addition, and convert the structure into a museum.
Schirmer said the town decided to pursue the project under state guidelines for public-private partnership the same process that Montgomery County is using for ongoing school construction projects in Blacksburg and Riner because it allowed more flexibility in working with contractors to keep the project within council’s budget.
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