Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Officials with the city of Leitchfield take notes as bids for the Rite Aid renovation are opened and read aloud Tuesday afternoon.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

Officials with the city of Leitchfield take notes as bids for the Rite Aid renovation are opened and read aloud Tuesday afternoon.

Officials with the city of Leitchfield and architecture/engineering firm Brandstetter Carroll on Tuesday afternoon opened bids for the renovation of the former Rite Aid into a new city hall/police department.

Opening the meeting, Leitchfield Mayor Rick Embry said the goal of the project is to have a good facility that will last for several years to come, and added that he and the city were eager to garner an exact dollar amount for the cost of renovating the former Rite Aid, located at 515 South Main St.

Nine contractors submitted sealed bids for the project, and they were opened Tuesday afternoon. Of the nine bids submitted, the two low bids were from Hartz Contracting, out of Owensboro, Kentucky, with a bid of $2,520,357 and Alliance Corporation, headquartered in Glasgow, Kentucky, with a bid of $2,605,000.

The other seven bids ranged in price from $2.7 million to just over $3.13 million.

The contractors also submitted bids for two alternatives that would be aesthetic improvements for the facility should the city accept them, but they are not requirements for moving forward with the project.

Alliance Corporation submitted bids of $3,000 for Alternate 1 and $3,000 for Alternate 2, while Hartz Contracting submitted bids of $3,079 for Alternate 1 and $1,274 for Alternate 2.

Following Tuesday's meeting, Brandstetter Carroll will review the two low bids and is expected to return to the city with a recommendation on which one to accept early next week. The Leitchfield City Council will then vote on which bid to accept.

Renovating the former Rite Aid was previously projected to cost $2.9 million. The city voted to purchase the building in September of last year for $2.85 million.