The Rose Township Board of Trustees approved a motion Wednesday, May 12, to move forward with inviting qualified architectural firms to submit proposals for barrier free accessibility modifications to the historic township hall. Following the motion by Trustee Glen Noble and seconded by Trustee Patricia Walls, there was no discussion prior to the unanimous vote.

 Proposals will be accepted until 3 p.m., Tuesday, June 29 at the current township hall, at 9080 Mason St., Holly. The architect or project architect of the firm must be a 36 CFR Part 61 Federal Qualified Historic Architect.

 A site visit to the former township hall at 204 Franklin St., Holly, will be held Wednesday, June 9 at 3 p.m. Rose Township Supervisor Dianne Scheib-Snider will be present to answer questions and provide qualified firms time to tour the historic Rose Town House. Firms must call the office at (248) 634-6889 by June 9 to take part in this tour.

 The historic Rose Town House was built in 1881. Additions and a barrier free ramp were added during the 1970s. New township offices were built and the former hall was used for public functions until 2012.

 The township worked with Oakland County Planning historic architect Ron Campbell to develop concept design for replacing the exterior ramp. (Various design options were presented and the recommended option was accepted by the township board.) That recommendation included:

• Removal of the exterior ramp and building an addition to allow access to the two levels via a vertical lift

• Creating a second means of egress from the public hall

• Reconstruction of the exterior concrete monumental stairs and restoration of the double entry doors

• Future improvements, barrier free toilets, storage, kitchen on the lower level and site improvements to heighten public use of the hall and foster historic rehabilitation of the complex

 The township’s intent is to retain an architectural firm with historical qualifications and the necessary resources to perform structural, electrical and HVAC planning, designing, bidding, and construction administration deemed to be in the best interest of the township.

 The project is envisioned to be completed in three phases based on budget limitations. The phases are:

 Phase 1 – Removal of existing ramp and related selective demolition necessary; restoration/reconstruction of front stairs, an addition proving barrier free access to both levels and a second means of egress from the Main Hall; restore double doors a the original front entrance

 Phase 2 – Rehabilitation of basement for public restrooms; table and chair storage, warming kitchen

 Phase 3 – Site enhancements, parking, landscaping, etc.

 The immediate anticipated project need is to obtain a total project cost estimate of all three phases. The outcome of the estimate of cost of each of the three phases will assist the township board in determining whether the project will proceed, and which phases would be included.

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