Some big-money projects are on the horizon for the town of South Boston, and South Boston Town Council took a step forward at Monday’s meeting to help fund them.

Council voted unanimously to set a public hearing for its July 29 work session to receive comment on a proposed amendment adding $3,450,000 to its 2019-20 budget, which includes a $2 million loan for the IDA of South Boston to complete development of Imperial Lofts LLC with 25 additional apartments.

The proposed amendment also appropriates $1 million from the VDOT State of Good Repair Funds for paving a section of North Main Street; $300,000 in carryover from the prior year surplus for the new addition at the South Boston Fire Department; and a $150,000 appropriation from Halifax County for the new addition at the South Boston Fire Department.

If the amendment is adopted, the 2019-20 budget for South Boston increases to $14,115,703.

Town manager Tom Raab told council at an earlier meeting that the $1 million appropriation from the VDOT State of Good Repair Funds is earmarked for milling and paving a section of North Main Street from the post office to Love Shop.

The $300,000 and $150,000 appropriations will be used toward expansion of the South Boston Fire Department.

Council has selected Moore Architecture of Lynchburg to perform services for the project expanding the South Boston Fire Department, including preparation of construction documents, advertising for bids and construction administration.

Plans include a four-bay garage, four sleeping quarters, three offices and two shower facilities spread among 7,300 square feet.

Plans also call for larger bay doors, 14x14-feet compared to the current bay doors, which are 12x12 feet, and finishes that will match the existing building, primarily brick.

An expanded structure allows fire trucks to enter the garage at the rear of the building off Fenton Street, rather than fire trucks having to back into the station from Broad Street when returning from a call.

South Boston Town Council voted 4-0 in March to allocate $6,250 for Moore Architecture to begin work in architectural design services to develop a new building addition for the fire department.

Councilmen Bob Hughes and Michael Byrd were not present for the March vote.

Moore’s fee includes services involving work sessions, miscellaneous printing and colored renderings in the final presentation to include hard copies, digital drawings and travel expenses.

Moore estimated a $2,500 cost associated with the start of the project and a cost of $3,750 for design developmental approval.

Raab told council in March the cost of final presentation drawings would depend on the total cost of the project.

The public hearing on the proposed amendment is set for council’s work session on July 29, with the meeting scheduled to begin at 5:45 p.m.

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