Future of some Lynn Haven municipal buildings still uncertain

Published: Jun. 23, 2020 at 4:59 PM CDT
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Almost two years after Hurricane Michael, the future of Lynn Haven’s police department and city hall buildings still remain unknown.

Tuesday, the commission voted three-to-two to move forward with soliciting possible bids for a design-build proposal. Prior to this, the city had been in discussion with Florida Architects, DAG Panhandle Engineering, and Mott McDonald engineering.

Currently the city has about $18 million for the rebuild, but is expecting to receive more insurance money in the coming months.

”The previous architectural plans that were presented to the commission were in excess of $40 million for the rebuild of the city, and we have about half that amount available,” said Lynn Haven mayor, Margo Anderson.

However not all were in agreement with the decision. Commissioner Brandon Aldridge voted against the move. ”It just has to do with what I feel comfortable with at this time, and at this time I feel comfortable sticking with our design bid build like we originally had planned months ago,” he said.

The city must now write a scope of work before publicizing the bid and moving forward with possible construction.

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