- Last Updated on 07:48 AM 08/19/13
- BY Paula I. Bryant
A new roof will soon be going up at Green View Advanced Manufacturing Center on the former Daystrom building after Halifax County Industrial Development Authority members voted Friday morning to award the contract for Phase II roof replacement to J. E. Burton Construction Company of South Boston.
Burton was the low bidder out of four bids received with its bid of $479,454. The highest bid was $300,000 higher coming in at $779,000, Authority Executive Director Matt Leonard told those members attending the monthly meeting at Riverstone.
Butch Blanks chaired the meeting in the absence of Chairman John Cannon. Also not attending Friday morning’s meeting was board member Wanda Jeffress.
Before presenting the low bid to the board for consideration, Leonard said he asked Burton Construction officials if they were sure they could do the thermal insulation roofing job for that bid price.
“They are confident it’s a good bid,” Leonard said he was told.
The tobacco commission has awarded the authority a $1.3 million grant to continue improvements including the roof rehabilitation for the entire building.
Gupton Sheet Metal will serve as the primary subcontractor for Burton Construction on the roofing project for the 332,000- square foot main building, Leonard said.
The design work associated with the $1.5 million Green View Phase II rehabilitation project earlier was awarded to B&B Consultants with Baskerville as a sub-consultant.
Leonard explained the authority plans to go out for separate bids for the architectural and mechanical/electrical/plumbing work at Green View.
Construction could be completed as early as the end of December, the director said.
The new floor plan and architecture layout for the Green View building divides the facility into 10 conceptual partitioned spaces.
Plans also call for recreating a new front entrance area and adding 60 new parking spaces in the front of the building, Leonard said.
In other business Friday morning, authority board members discussed possibly deleting the restriction on the number of consecutive terms a director can serve on the board.
Currently a director can serve two consecutive terms, and reappointments are made by the Halifax County Board of Supervisors at the end of each term.
Before the board takes action on changing the restriction, Leonard said he plans to discuss the issue further with the authority’s attorney, Sam Darby.
“I’m completely ambivalent about it myself,” said board member Ted Bennett.
Also under consideration is using a nominating committee composed of the chairmen of the three standing committees to select officers.
Before any changes are made to the by-laws, Leonard said he would consult with the attorney to seek his input.
Authority board members also are considering expanding the Centerville satellite zone within the enterprise zone increasing it to include Sunshine Mills, the former Burlington property in Halifax up to Crystal Hill to include Huber so these industries can take advantage of tax rebates.
The expansion would increase the zone to 90 percent of its allotment of acreage, Leonard explained, but no changes would be made to current incentives offered to prospects.
An enterprise zone is a partnership between state and local government that encourages job creation and private investment.
Enterprise zones allow localities to offer incentives to qualified investors and prospective job creators within those zones.
Currently the Southside Planning District Commission has the proposal under review, and the county board of supervisors will have to approve the concept before the satellite zone can be expanded.
“It would help Sunshine, Huber and help to market the Burlington site,” the executive director said touting the benefits of such an expansion.
At the conclusion of the meeting, authority members voted to go into closed session.
After emerging, Garland Ricketts offered a motion, seconded by Mattie Cowan, to authorize the officers to execute the resolution borrow/grant collateral with American National Bank for the proposed refinancing of the approximate $7.65 million ABB building debt following final review by the IDA attorney.