DECATUR — The Beach House restaurant will soon receive some long-awaited renovations that will integrate with the revamped marina out front.

The Decatur Park District Board of Commissioners approved Wednesday a $760,000 bid with CAD Construction Inc. to perform the work. The agreement awaits approval from Todd Mason, who owns the restaurant, and the Decatur City Council.

Park district Executive Director Bill Clevenger said the three entities would share the cost of the work.

Clevenger said revenue from the lease of the restaurant, as well as sales and food and beverage tax proceeds, have gone into a special joint fund that would be used for lakefront improvements like the renovations.

The project would replace the deck surrounding the restaurant and reconfigure it, so the bulk of the space for seating would be located in front of the restaurant, rather than the side. It would also allow a full bar to be located outside. The entrance to the restaurant would be covered.

Work could begin as soon as Nov. 1. The contract calls for the construction to be completed within 150 days, or the end of March, though several commissioners expressed concerns about delays.

The materials chosen for the project correspond with “brand standards” developed for the lakefront development, Clevenger said.

The park district and city previously shared the cost of the new docks and promenade in front of the Beach House, which were meant to mark the beginning of massive changes to the Nelson Park shoreline in the coming years.

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