Downtown Needles, CA: Members of the Needles City Council approved a bid from Jonic Glass Inc. in the amount of $188,217 for the building storefront and glazing improvements as part of the El Garces Phase 2 Project after concerns regarding new storefront windows for the El Garces Project were raised during a Needles City Council Meeting held on Tuesday, May 14th, 2013.
President of the Friends of El Garces Bob Shaw spoke to Members of the Needles City Council about his concerns about the new window replacement at the old El Garces Hotel and Railroad Station and if that changing the windows could be detrimental to the historical value of the building.
Some in the community have also raised this same concern of the new storefront windows wondering if replacing of the windows could effect the historical value of the building being on the historical register and if the replacing of the windows would effect future grant money for the building.
ZachNews obtain a copy of the El Garces Project showing the design of the new storefront windows which would be facing the Front Street and Santa Fe Park.
Needles City Council Member Jim Lopez told members of the Needles City Council that the historical side is structure only and as long as the structure of the building goes unchanged, it will retain its historic value of the building and keeps the building on the historical register.
Members of the Needles City Council talked about the grant money for the El Garces Project and that grant money is limited which the City of Needles does not have enough money to complete the project the way the City of Needles would like to have it complete like.
Needles City Council Member Linda Kidd told members of the Needles City Council that it would costs a lot of money to the City of Needles to do so which the City of Needles say they do not have at this moment.
A majority of members of the Needles City Council want to see the project go forward and voted 5 to 1 to approve the bid from Jonic Glass Inc. and the building storefront and glazing improvements as part of the El Garces Phase 2 Project, but only Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson voted against the agenda item.
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