2018-01-24 / Front Page

City Governmental Complex project

The City of Blakely has approved a bid from PDC Construction of Bainbridge to construct the new Blakely Fire Station and Governmental Complex on Magnolia Street.

The city received two bids for the project which were opened Nov. 16. The low bid of $2,783,000 was awarded to PDC Construction at a special meeting Jan. 9. The other bid was $2,991,150 from Anderson Construction of Fort Gaines.

Mayor Anthony Howard noted that since the Nov. 16 bid opening, working with the Ellis Rickets & Associates Architects, the estimated cost of the complex has been trimmed to approximately $2,500,000.

The 11,000 sq. ft. complex was first proposed in late 2016. When completed it will provide space for the Blakely Fire Dept., the E-911 center, the City Marshall’s office (code enforcement and building official), the emergency operations/training center and technology offices.

The complex, designed to serve the community for 40 to 50 years or longer, will primarily be funded with a low interest USDA rural facilities loan.

The Fire Dept. moved in November. The Fire Dept. is located at Polly’s at 42 North Main Street. Space is also being utilized in the former Hattaway body shop behind the Voter Registrar’s office and the area behind those buildings for firetrucks on Singletary Street.

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