Humble Museum to be relocated at Charles Bender in 2020Sub: $400K renovation project will go out for bids this summer
Bids will be accepted this summer for the $400,000 renovation of the Humble Museum at the Charles Bender Performing Arts Center, according to Humble City Manager Jason Stuebe.
Delays have pushed back the museum’s reopen date from September 2018 to 2020. However, Stuebe predicts the renovation of the museum will take between 12-18 months and should reopen sometime in 2020.
The Humble Museum was one of the many buildings that was damaged during Hurricane Harvey in 2017.
Water came through their walls, floors and ceilings leading to asbestos, mold and foundation issues. A new building was deemed necessary, Humble officials said.
After working with Robert Meaux, the president of the Humble Museum board, city officials have decided that the Charles Bender High School Band Room, a building located on the west side of the Charles Bender Performing Arts Center, will serve as the new location for the museum.
“Long story short, after an exhaustive review and engineering report on the museum building located on Main Street, it was determined that repair to the existing structure would be cost prohibitive and impractical. Accordingly, we began looking at other options,” Stuebe said.
During the March 28 city meeting, the city council approved a contract with Veritas AEC to provide architectural services and construction administration for the Humble Museum for $22,000.
Stuebe said the city budgeted approximately $400,000 for the project.
While the city sought solutions to the issues at the museum, staff have been holding their monthly meetings at various locations and making appearances at local events.
“Our museum board still meets every month and we’re starting to plan some major things,” Meaux said. “Like one of our major things now is basically use the majority of our savings account to renovate the interior of the museum, the displays and everything like that.”