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No bids submitted for Underground Railroad Center pavilion


OBERLIN — The Oberlin Underground Railroad Center received no bids for the construction of the new pavilion project Tuesday.

“This has been a busy construction season so we’re planning to re-advertise and continue to market to qualified bidders,” said Rob Hillard, city manager.

The bids were scheduled to be opened Tuesday for the 2,175-square-foot pavilion that would be along the North Coast Inland Trail. The phase also will include sidewalks surrounding the shelter.

The Gasholder Building on South Main Street and surrounding land was announced to be repurposed as an Underground Railroad Center and Park-N-Ride Facility in 2004.

The first phase of the project was finished in 2012, stabilizing and rehabilitating the outside of the Gasholder Building. That phase included a new roof, masonry work on the wall and the installing the new door and windows.

For the sake of funding, the second phase of the project was split into two parts — the first being completed in 2016. That included the installation of underground utilities, preparing the grounds surrounding the center for the latest round of work.

A third phase down the road will involve interior renovations to the Gasholder Building.

Contact Bruce Walton at (440) 329-7123 or by email Follow him on Facebook at @BWalton440 or on Twitter @BruceWalton.

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