By DANIEL HERATY
DEARBORN – Costs to repair the Dearborn Public Schools administrative building could reach $4.9 million, the project’s architecture firm says.
But school district officials disagree with that estimate by Bloomfield Hills-based TMP Architecture, saying repairs on the building,18700 Audette, could be scaled down to about $3 million, if only necessary improvements, including roof replacement and repaving of the parking lot, were done.
The report came three weeks after the announcement that the schools and city administration are considering a joint office venture across Michigan Avenue from Ford World Headquarters.
Dearborn Public Schools spokesman David Mustonen downplayed the report’s findings, saying TMP’s job is to look at everything that could be replaced or need to be replaced.
“That doesn’t mean we have to do those types of things,” he said.
Mustonen said the suggested improvements would create a “more efficient building,” but some are more urgent than others. He said all the district’s buildings are evaluated and maintenance is constant on all buildings.
Mustonen said the district considers roof repairs to the building a priority.
“When it rains, I see leaks, usually in the spring,” he said. “That’s one of the bigger ticket items.”
Supt. Brian Whiston said many of the suggested repairs are not necessary and are suggestions by the contractors. He said the district has three options: to stay at the building, invest in repairs or look at other locations.
“We could move into a joint building with the city, or another school,” he said. “There may be more (options in the future).”
(Daniel Heraty can be reached at [email protected])