Columbia Market House
CHRIS A. COUROGEN | LNP Correspondent
Borough Council will need to make some tough decisions about the Columbia Market House renovation project after bids on the job came in around 12% higher than the architect's estimates. Ted Vedock of Hammel Associates Architects said the low total for the entire project, including two alternative options that would restore the exterior closer to its original appearance, came in at $2,569,816. Eliminating both options would shave off $369,550.
Columbia has a tentative budget of $3.5 million for the project, including parking enhancements in the downtown area. Half of that money is in the form of a state grant, while the other half is the borough's match. The borough is under some pressure to make final decisions about the project because of a February deadline related to the grant.
The renovated market will be anchored by the Gypsy Kitchen, a Lancaster restaurant that recently announced it was relocating to the Columbia Market.