In an effort to transform its downtown, the City of Chariton applied for and was awarded a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to address deteriorating façades and remedy the effects of long-term, deferred maintenance.
Initially encompassing over 30 buildings and seven blocks, the project involved 22 properties by bid time. At the beginning of the project, Klingner conducted building assessments and owner interviews to discuss the grant, the rules, known issues, and goals. Klingner’s team also conducted on-site investigations of the buildings to pinpoint critical repairs and determine the best methods of rehabilitation. Periodic meetings and regular contacts with owners were made throughout the project to share updates and secure owner approval.
Work included: façade assessment reports and estimates for 33 properties, laser scanning and digital documentation of the existing conditions, design / engineering services, bidding assistance, and shared contract administration services. Klingner’s digital scanner proved indispensable, allowing our team to virtually visit the buildings from our desks and identify hidden structural issues enabling repairs to be incorporated into the project’s scope, thereby reducing change orders and helping to control project budgets.
Rehabilitations included: structural repairs, masonry restoration and repointing, storefront reconstruction and repair, window restoration, replacement awnings, and signage.