New phase of Underground Railroad Center work moves ahead


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<p style="text-align: right;">Evan Goodenow | Oberlin News-Tribune Don Mould’s Plantation has been hired for a $242,000 phase of Oberlin’s Underground Railroad Center.

Evan Goodenow | Oberlin News-Tribune Don Mould’s Plantation has been hired for a $242,000 phase of Oberlin’s Underground Railroad Center.


Construction continues around the future Oberlin Underground Railroad Center.

Amherst-based Don Mould’s Plantation is receiving up to $242,000 for the work, which is expected to be completed by summer’s end. It includes a 20-space parking lot at the site at 273 South Main St.

Additional work includes installing benches, bike racks, and a kiosk, as well as significant debris removal.

A $200,000 state taxpayer grant from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission will partially pay for the work. City taxpayers will pay the remainder through Oberlin’s income capital improvement fund.

The work is part of the second phase of construction, Phase 2B, which hasn’t been bid out yet. It is estimated to cost up to $333,765 and includes construction of a 2,081-square-foot building on the north side of the site.

The building will contain bathrooms, bike racks, a 1,200-square-foot picnic pavilion, and a storage room. Phase 2B is scheduled to be completed in June.

Phase 1 of the project was for exterior restoration of the Gasholder Building — a former coal gas storage facility — and cost $445,000. Eighty percent was paid with federal money and the remainder locally. Phase 1 was completed in 2012.

Phase 3 is for interior renovation of the center and could cost between $2 million and $3 million, said acting city manager Sal Talarico.

The money hasn’t been raised and a timeline for completion of the project hasn’t been set.

Evan Goodenow | Oberlin News-Tribune Don Mould’s Plantation has been hired for a $242,000 phase of Oberlin’s Underground Railroad Center.

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Evan Goodenow | Oberlin News-Tribune Don Mould’s Plantation has been hired for a $242,000 phase of Oberlin’s Underground Railroad Center.

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