Escambia County Considers Over $700K To Replace Tornado Ravaged Historic Homes In Century

December 12, 2017

The Escambia County Commission is set to approve nearly three-quarters of a million dollars in construction contracts to replace six historic homes that were damaged during the February 2016 Century tornado.

State Disaster State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) program funding was allocated to Escambia County in 2016 to assist income eligible owner occupants with rehabilitation needs after the EF-3 tornado ravaged the area.

The six properties are located in Century’s Town of Century‚Äôs Alger-Sullivan Lumber Company Residential Historic District, which is located on the National Register of Historic Places.

In August 2016, Quina Grundhoefer Architects was tasked to create replacement housing plans that would fit with the historic guidelines prescribed by the Town of Century history district as well as meeting approval with the State Historic Preservation Office since the funding is coming from the state. During the course of developing the plans, a geotechnical engineer was consulted due to the extremely mucky and erratic soils in the area. These findings were incorporated into the design of the foundations for the three sites which contained poorer soil conditions according to the engineering findings.

The project was initially advertised for bids on July 20, but the bids were canceled due to pricing exceeding budget. The architect made changes to the plans, and the project was advertised for bids again. Six contractors bid on the project, with Emerald Coast being the lowest bidder that could complete the homes in a group for just over $700,000.

Due to the funds being allocated to individual eligible property owners, six separate contracts are being issued as follows:

  • 416 Front Street (owner Brenda Mullins), in the total amount of, $121,060
  • 307 Front Street (owners Carl and Marielena Godwin) in the total amount of $114,000
  • 300 Front Street (owner Charles Therrell), in the total amount of, $114,960
  • 402 Front Street (owner Felic Fussner), in the total amount of, $126,060
  • 407 Front Street (owner Jessica Campbell), in the total amount of, $120,060
  • 403 Front Street (owner William R. Coker), in the total amount of, $114,060

The Escambia County Commission will give final consideration to the construction contracts during their regular meeting on Thursday.

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