OK, now we’re moving. Roanoke City Council—in the waning months of City Manager Darlene Burcham’s administration—has decided to proceed with City Market Building renovations ($5.7 million) and build a 5,000-seat amphitheater in Elmwood Park ($1.2 million for the architectural/engineering study).
The Market Building project, which had a unanimous vote, will get started with a $700,000 engineering study on top of its third $120,000 architectural study, completed recently. The renovation is scheduled for 2011. The amphitheater vote was 6-1.
There has been considerable criticism of the city for giving many of these architectural/engineering contracts to out of town firms. The Market Building study has been of special concern (see Dan Smith's My View column in the June issue of FRONT).
City Council has agreed that the National Guard Armory on