Work to begin on tower in downtown Sykesville
Work will begin as soon as the end of the month on two long-planned projects in Sykesville.
The Town Council reviewed four bids, ranging from $185,000 to $385,595, before awarding low bidder GRC General Contractors of Westminster a contract to reconstruct a railroad switching tower downtown.
The town hopes to make the two-story building, on a small plot on Oklahoma Road behind Main Street, into a tourist center and meeting area, available for functions and rentals.
"This building could be the focal point to our downtown revitalization effort," said Mayor Jonathan S. Herman. "It may seem expensive at the moment, but the cost will be offset by the increase in tourism and good will."
The town has about $90,000 in state grants for the project and has budgeted the rest so work can begin as soon as possible. It is expected to take about five months.
The council also awarded a $12,622 contract for sidewalks along Obrecht Road to E & T Concrete Construction. The Hunt Valley company, the lowest of three bidders, will construct 4-foot-wide sidewalks on the north side of the road from Springfield Avenue to past Spout Hill Road.