Oswego Councilors To Consider Moving Ahead With Improvements For McCrobie Civic Center

OSWEGO, NY – The Port City’s historic McCrobie Civic Center looks to be getting some long-overdue improvements.

At its meeting Monday night, the Common Council will likely authorize the mayor to sign any and all contracts to start the McCrobie Civic Center Project.

The Community Development Office submitted to council the recent bids received by the purchasing agent for the rehabilitation of the center.

The McCrobie Civic Center has been designated as a National Historic Register Listed Site, according to Mary Vanouse, community development director.

The original building was constructed from 1916-1919 as the Oswego Yacht Club.

In the late 1940s, the wings constructed for the US Naval Reserve Training Center and Naval Militia Boathouse.

Priority aspects of the project include the repair and rehabilitation of the roof, gutters and downspouts, eaves and cornices, exterior walls and restoration of the original front entryway and portico, Vanouse said.

“Due to the extensive deterioration of the roof system since the original grant proposal was submitted, the project architect Randy Crawford, recommended that the project be separated into five scopes to be bid separately,” she said.

The grant construction budget will allow only three scopes to be addressed, she added.

It’s possible additional work may be done, if the roof doesn’t require full replacement of plywood sheathing.

Scope A: Roof bid at $134,047 by Continental Construction is the low bid.

Scope B: Exterior repairs and painting for $99,800 and Scope D: Assembly room repairs and floor refinishing for $16,000 by Gray Ledge Construction are the recommended scopes for this project, Vanouse said.

If additional funding is available, Scope C: Sitework and site drainage and Scope E: Entryway area and miscellaneous electrical work at $56,100 would be brought back to council for authorization.

The city has $282,500 in grant funding available to do these projects.

“Together, these work scopes will produce a dramatic improvement to the building’s appearance and will reduce future maintenance,” Crawford said.