The International Falls Economic Development Authority (EDA) held a special meeting on June 5, 2023, to discuss and approve a significant renovation project for the International Falls National Park.
The project, which has been long overdue, involves the replacement of carpets and a fresh coat of paint for the entire building. The EDA is required to paint the interior of the building every five years and replace the carpet every seven years as part of their lease agreement. However, this is the first time such a renovation is taking place, 12 years into the lease.
The total contract for the flooring package is $116,064, while the painting package is estimated to cost $110,635. The funds for this project will be drawn from the reserve fund, which currently holds over a million dollars. The reserve fund is specifically set aside for expenses exceeding $15,000.
The renovation project is not just a requirement but also a necessity as the building has reached a point where refurbishment is essential. The EDA has worked closely with the park staff to ensure they are satisfied with the renovation plans. The staff was involved in choosing the carpet pattern and will also be responsible for moving their personal items, files, and computers during the renovation.
The EDA also discussed potential future renovations and modifications to the building. As the lease nears its 15 to 17-year mark, the General Services Administration (GSA) will start working with the park staff to determine what changes they would like to see in their next lease.
The building, which was constructed in 2011 at a cost of $11.5 million, is now estimated to be worth between $15 to $18 million. The EDA views the $226,000 renovation project as a sound investment into the facility.
The renovation work is expected to commence towards the end of summer and be completed by fall. The EDA members unanimously approved the project, expressing their eagerness to see the improvements to the facility.
Ted Saxton and TedBot
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