There’s already been some preliminary work taking place on and around the downtown Greensboro government plaza and nearby parking areas, but the Guilford County Board of Commissioners has just entered into a $8.2 million contract with Stone Restoration of America to overhaul the look of the plaza and do repair work to the plaza and a parking lot under it that’s used by many government employees.

The plaza and area below have sustained damage from rain and sun rays over the years and seeping water has damaged the lot below.

Earlier this year, work crews cleared big trees from the plaza and conducted major repairs to the above ground parking lot adjacent to the plaza, the lot that sits between the old Guilford County Court House and the county-owned Truist building beside it.

Guilford County put out bids for the government plaza repair and beautification project and two bids were received and opened: One from Stone Restoration of America and another from Strickland Waterproofing Co., Inc. Stone’s bid came in significantly lower and, on Thursday. Dec. 7, the Guilford County Board of Commissioners voted to enter the county into a contract with the company.

   The project includes repairing damage to the plaza and the parking deck below, along with the construction of a new equipment ramp, a rectangular pergola on the plaza, a new monument and pedestal, and the installation of monument lighting.

Stone Restoration of America is based in Charlotte, and, according to county staff, the company has extensive experience in commercial restoration and waterproofing projects.

The work is expected to take about a year.

County facilities staff told the county commissioners at the December 7 meeting that the job would take place in sections in an attempt to minimize the number of government employees who lose their parking spots at any one time while the work is going on.