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More delays hamper South Side School project

The South Side School is back in the news again, to the dismay of observers. The school’s restoration will take another year, officials are now saying.

“It's a nightmare,” said former City Commissioner Tim Smith. “The city has spent $10 million to not finish the renovation of a little two-story schoolhouse.”

George Rose, vice president of the Friends of the South Side, called the enterprise, “a big bollix-up with lots of errors in judgement.”

The City Commission agreed. Earlier this month they halted the current stage of a project that began in 2004, when they took over the beautiful old building on South Andrews Avenue.

City Manager Lee Feldman, in a memorandum to the Commission, then presented more bad news. It will require a third contractor and another $800,000, he wrote, to get the job done. And it will take one more year.

In his memorandum, Feldman said that, “fault lies in several places, including consultants, city staff and contractors.”

Once again the city is preparing bid packages to continue the project, which they hope will be wrapped up in June of next year. One is for improvements to the inside of the building, the second for restrooms and a picnic pavilion outside the schoolhouse. The projected tab for both is $800,000.


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Don Crinklaw has covered the east side of Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors for the East Side Forum since 2007. Before...


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