NEW PORT RICHEY — Before the summer rainy season descends, city officials authorized up to $50,000 toward basic repairs and patches at the historic Hacienda landmark.
A leaky roof particularly has city officials concerned about the 1920s-era hotel at Main and Bank streets. The structure also likely will need termite treatment with a large tent placed over it.
Even if a developer is selected in June for Hacienda restoration, it could still take some time to hire and gather the contractor’s crews, council members say. Nor have council members chosen to wait to hear if Gov. Rick Scott vetoes a $1 million state grant for Hacienda renovation.
“If you don’t patch the roof, not much else can be done,” Councilman Bill Phillips observed. The roof needs to be sealed no later than the traditional July start of the summer rainy season, he believes.
The city assembled its own internal team of staff members to direct the basic repairs to prevent any more deterioration until a developer can take over. Mario Iezzoni, the city’s economic development manager, is leading the team.
The mission includes stopping water intrusion, Iezzoni wrote in a memo. Sealing the roof could cost about $2,000, he calculated.
Termite treatment ranked high on Iezzoni’s list. The city team is gathering bids for tenting and treatment, estimated to cost about $30,000.
Crews had to remove cats that had taken up residence in the Hacienda and seal off entry points for the feral felines. Staff members will sweep the interior for any more stray cats before any termite treatment.
Dehumidifiers could help lower the mold and mildew hazard posed by the very moist air inside the Hacienda, Iezzoni reported.
A geotechnical survey could make sure the underpinnings of the Hacienda have not shifted. Iezzoni estimates that could cost up to $10,000.
Options could include hiring a project manager for more extensive renovation. Removal of the Hacienda addition facing Sims Park is under consideration.