CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Cape Coral's old city hall is undergoing an almost two million dollar makeover, but there's a problem. The city found out it needs more of your money to complete the project: about $140,000.
In 2011, the city started renovating the 40-year old city hall building, which is next to the police department. The goal is to use that old building as a place for offices and a public works building.
But we've learned the project has hit a few snags.
Walk inside Cape Coral's old city hall and you can see it's a work in progress. Oliver Clarke is the city engineer taking us on a tour.
Clarke says he needs to ask the city, for more money to finish the renovations, pushing the project about to about $2.1 million."$130-140,000 higher than what we originally anticipated," Clarke said.
That's because, he says, there were some unanticipated problems. One of them: they found asbestos inside.
"We did have to spend a great deal of money to get qualified assessments of what the asbestos conditions were and to get state licensed people to get it out," Clarke said.
Another unexpected cost was the interior demolition. Crews filled more than a dozen dumpsters with extra items from inside. That alone will add on tens of thousands of dollars.
Clarke says he hopes to have the renovation done by the summer.
But he does say this could all save the city thousands in the end, with an energy-saving air conditioning unit. Clarke will go before city council on Monday to ask for those additional funds.