The Clearinghouse Steering Committee announced Friday that it has awarded the bid for the second phase of renovations to its downtown building to Maxwell Construction of Greendale, Ind.

The two-story building at 100 E. Second St., will serve as a centralized location for charity, nonprofit and faith-based services. The anchor tenant will be WorkOne.

The facility will serve 12 counties.

The Clearinghouse Steering Committee accepted bids on Nov. 20 in a competitive public process. Maxwell was one of three bidders and had the lowest bid at $403,600.

Second-phase renovations to the building will include preparation of the 3,200-square-foot area in the lower level of the building for use as a commercial food pantry.

Additional improvements will be fire protection, mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems for the pantry area. This phase also will include repair and restoration of windows, demolition of unnecessary lower level components and exterior painting of the south end of the building.

The work is scheduled to begin in early January and is estimated to be completed in April.

The pantry will be supported and staffed by volunteers from churches participating in the Clearinghouse effort.

The second phase of renovations will be funded by a $500,000 grant to River Valley Resources from the Office of Community and Rural Affairs. A $75,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation will be used to purchase necessary equipment for the food pantry.

The first phase of renovations concluded in September. It included an entire roof replacement, installation of trench drains on the south end of the building and separation of the storm and sanitary systems.

The Clearinghouse Steering Committee made the decision last fall to break the project into phases of renovation, a strategy that the group believes will reduce expenses. The Steering Committee has raised more than $2 million in grants and pledges. The third phase of the project will focus on renovations to the first floor of the building to accommodate interior offices for tenants.