A second proposal for a boutique hotel was just one of many projects discussed by Warren City Council as funding opportunities for the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.
Council heard from Warren General Hospital, Warren Public Library and discussed a few other projects more generally during Monday’s meeting.
The council had previously committed $ 2 million to a boutique hotel project in the HIY, Inc. building.
The request from Warren General Hospital relates to the renovation of the maternity ward. The state has provided $ 750,000 for the project previously, but WGH maintenance director Angie Dart said the hospital has requested $ 2 million.
“This will allow us to do less than half of the unit”, she said.
The first phase described would include the renovation of the delivery and recovery rooms while a second phase would renovate the crèche and the pediatric unit.
City Manager Nancy Freenock said WGH’s request is for additional funding beyond the $ 750,000.
She told council the request probably could not be authorized at this time as city officials are awaiting whether RACP funds can be used to renovate the Clark Street parking garage.
Freenock said she hopes for some clarification on this piece of the puzzle within the next three or four weeks.
Kelli Knapp, the director of the library, described her request for $ 100,000 for teenage space at the library.
She said that teenagers now “have a very small space in the library” this “There is no access to do much”. It’s called a study room now.
The proposed teen space would be located in the basement and would include a kitchenette, computers, graphic design capability, recording and video resources.
She said the current plan is to “coexist” with the Warren Area Students Union, promoting each other’s offerings. “We are going to offer something different” she said. “We can do a lot of small things. “
Freenock told the council that this proposal will have to go back to the State Senate for consideration and that she will work with Senator Hutchinson’s office on that effort. She said she didn’t “See it as a problem”
The Council has taken preliminary steps to allocate these funds.
A proposal to allocate $ 500,000 to Robert Yoder for improvements to the geothermal system along the river was also discussed.
Freenock said the part of the system that needs to be replaced will be located under a proposed trail behind the HIY, Inc building.
Jim Decker, president and CEO of the WCCBI, said he “It’s common knowledge” that the system “Was less than functional”.
The council did not follow up on the proposal because no presentation was made by the owner.
Several other projects fall under the RACP and are specific to the municipal government – the launching ramp, the improvement of the garage and the path along the river as well as an emergency generator, improvements to the fire station and a fire alarm system in the town building.