LIMA — Allen County Commissioners rejected the first round of bids submitted to build a special needs residence that would house three people with autism during the board’s Thursday morning meeting.
Commissioners said bids came in almost $100,000 higher than expected due to the six-month turnaround time attached to the project and because some contractors bid out the construction as a commercial project. Further clarifications made to the request for proposal, such as an expanded deadline, should eliminate the issues during the second bidding round.
To be built in partnership with LODDI Inc., specifications call for a one-floor four-bedroom house that will incorporate safety features and the ability to provide 24/7 hour care for the residents. The original bid said costs should not go over $300,559.
The nonprofit LODDI provides disabled individuals with housing. There are 13 LODDI residences in Allen County, but the special needs home will be the first the organization has built from the ground up.
LODDI plans to secure an expected $50,000 mortgage for the project. The rest will be paid through Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities Community Capital Assistance funds.
The home would include features like recessed lighting, rounded countertop corners and open spaces. A special room will also help those with sensory sensitivity.
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