Worthington council approves Thompson Hotel roof repairs

WORTHINGTON - The Worthington City Council on Monday opted to move forward with repairs to the Thompson Hotel, approving plans and authorizing bids for the building's reroofing project. The approval is contingent on staff looking into the cost of a pitched roof, as compared to the flat roof design proposed by SEH.

The SEH plan is for removal and replacement of approximately 15,500 square feet of existing roofing materials, asbestos abatement and new metal roof edge flashing. The estimated cost, including design fees, is $350,000.

Some of the funding for the project will come from previous TIF funds, and the rest will come from undesignated general funds. The total cost for all of the repair projects at the Thompson Hotel are expected to be in the $450,000 range, according to Director of Community/Economic Development Jason Brisson.

Councilor Alan Oberloh said he thinks a pitched roof would be less expensive, which Administrator Steve Robinson said he can look into. Robinson said he wasn't sure if it was viable due to building codes, but he will explore the possibility.

The motion was approved with one lone vote from Councilor Larry Janssen, who has expressed concerns regarding the repayment of the funds expended on the various projects. The plan is to assess the costs back to the property, but the council has questioned what would happen if Wells Fargo were to walk away from the property.

Brisson and council members have stated they have received thanks from current Thompson Hotel occupants for taking action.

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