On September 12th, the Leon County Commission will consider awarding the bid for renovations to the Concord School Building to Arris General Contractors Inc., the lowest responsible and responsive bidder, in the amount of $4,250,000. This project is being supported by the Florida Department of Commerce, a CDBG-CV (Community Development Block Grant CARES Act) program grant in the amount of $3,604,207, a $1,000,000 federal appropriation through HUD, and the County’s $850,000 share of L.I.F.E. funds. These funds will support the building’s renovations as well as furniture and technology needs.
The Concord School Building was constructed in 1940, and served as the only school for the Miccosukee area until 1958 when the property and building were donated to Leon County for public use. Since then, the building has been used as a Community Center maintained by the County for meeting space and daytime programs for the area. The Community Center also provides recreation amenities including, ball fields, basketball court and playgrounds.
In 2020 the building received new roofing, however the County decided to pursue federal grant funding in order to support the needs of the community and replace the existing Community Center.
As part of the Federal Grant requirements, a Cultural Resource Assessment Survey was conducted by a qualified firm and the result indicated that due to the building’s construction and the role it played in the Miccosukee community, the building is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. This finding triggered requirements to preserve the building to the greatest extent feasible. This has greatly contributed to the design and scope of work.
There will be interior, exterior and site renovations done to the property. The scope of this work includes but is noted limited to, a standby generator, sidewalks for handicapped accessibility, a walking trail, a new wood events deck, handicapped accessible toilet rooms and a warming kitchen.
The construction is expected to commence in November 2023 with an estimated construction time of 11 months.