Last week, we published a story about the project to convert the building at 43 E. Quincy St. in Riverside into the new headquarters for the Riverside Department of Parks and Recreation and were somewhat astounded to report that the cost to do that had blown through the original estimate by 61 percent.
Including the cost for the village to purchase the property and the revised cost of renovating it, the final tally is reaching close to $1 million, which seems a lot for a relatively modest result.
That doesn’t include the cost to build out proper offices and a kitchen, elements postponed at this time to keep costs down. Of course, those will eventually get done but may not even register as a blip on the news screen.
This seems like a project that could have been better planned and is cause for some concern given the village’s need to rehabilitate its other aging facilities in the future.