Richmond Heights Council questions, but OKs, $600,000 savings on new building

The Richmond Heights City Council Monday night reluctantly approved the contractor for the city’s new public works building, which when completed, will clear the way for the Menards development to begin. The council authorized Mayor James Beck to enter into a $1.4 million deal with Raineri Construction for a new public works building. However, the project will likely be getting some additional scrutiny before Mayor Beck actually signs the contract –  and quite a bit thereafter, city officials say. Construction of the new facility at 7990 Jones, and demolition of the city’s present  public works building at 8108 Elinor, is considered a key step in development of the new Menards home improvement store on Hanley Road. “We want Menards open,” Hamilton said.