Upper Arlington City Council approves higher price tag for remodeling work

City officials said inflation has increased the cost of planned renovations of the Upper Arlington Police Division headquarters and city attorney’s office by roughly $800,000.

Last fall, when Upper Arlington officials were setting the budget for 2022, it was expected to cost approximately $2.1 million to remodel the two spaces at the city’s Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road.

By Feb. 23, the city received a bid by Elford Inc. to perform the work for approximately $3.3 million, and a bid from Setterlin Building Co.’s for $3.4 million.

An April 11 staff report from Assistant City Manager Jackie Thiel and Brian Mastin, the city’s facilities manager, said the spike in costs is due primarily to “the volatile materials and labor market.”

On April 18, Upper Arlington City Council unanimously approved a contract for approximately $2.9 million with Elford for the project. It included a $208,711 reduction from Elford’s original because the company is offering several discounts: one for $46,208 since the UAPD and city attorney’s office upgrades will be done simultaneously and another for $89,763 because floors will be patched for utility work instead of being replaced with new subflooring.