The restoration of the Zion Hill Baptist Church at the corner of North Lanana Street and Bois D'Arc is a project that has been ongoing since 2000 when the Nacogdoches County Historical Foundation started the restoration work. The goal of this project has always been to restore this historic church and turn it back into a building that can be used by the community. When the restoration is completed Zion Hill will be opened to the public as a museum focusing on African-American history and the history of the building itself, a community event space and a rental venue. We are extremely excited about this restoration project and the opportunities it brings to our area to not only exhibit the past but also to gather together as a community.
Summer 2020 was a very busy time for the Zion Hill Restoration project. Architectural and engineering plans were submitted to the Texas Historical Commission for review and were approved by THC on May 15th. After the plans were approved, Cox Contractors, the Construction Managers at Risk for this job sent out 678 specific invitations to bid and ended up with 71 bids on the project.
The Guaranteed Maximum Price(GMP) of $1,662,609 was presented to City Council at their December 1st meeting and the Council voted to approve. Now that the GMP has been approved Cox Contractors will move forward with subcontractor contracts, insurances and bonds. The project sign will be installed on site and project mobilization is scheduled for early January 2021
We are very excited about this project and hope you are too! We couldn't have gotten this far without our wonderful partners at the Nacogdoches County Historical Foundation and the Charles & Lois Marie Bright Foundation - Thank You all! We look forward to sharing monthly project updates with you and answering any questions you have.