Cost to Save Cottage $50,000 plus
Forks Township Supervisors receive mold report that will double original restoration costs.
The costs to save the controversial "Cottage in the Woods" have now doubled.
The Forks Township Board of Supervisors received a report at its work session meeting last week on how much it would cost the rid the structure at 700 Zucksville Road of mold.
"We looked at the mold, lead paint and asbestos and there's your dollar amount -- $28,000, with a worst case of $32,000," Township Manager John Cornell said.
That's on top of the $23,000 township officials had already determined would give the building, which dates to the 1940s, a good scrubbing.
The original amount was to replace the roof and windows.
"The cost we're probably looking at is $50,000," Supervisors Chairman Erik Chuss said. "But it may be $60,000 or $70,000."
The supervisors are expected to vote on the fate of the structure at a Sept. 20 meeting.
Members of the Save the Cottage Committee are rallying residents to get behind saving the structure from the wrecking ball. Forks officials had estimated it would cost about $9,000 to demolish the building.