The Carrboro Town Council and the Orange County Board of County Commissioners discussed budget updates to The 203 Project during respective meetings Tuesday night.
The initiative aims to provide opportunities for education, art and togetherness in the community, according to the Town of Carrboro's website.
To accomplish this goal, the project plans to construct a new library branch and permanent facilities for the Orange County Skills Development Center, which provides employment and training services.
Since being approved in March 2020, the project has seen multiple budget increases due to pandemic-related inflation, labor shortages and supply chain disruption, according to both meeting agendas.
Chad Webb, vice president of the western division of Barnhill Contracting Company, said supply chain issues have had the worst impact on construction prices.
"The main contributing factor ... has really been driven based on the supply chain issues," he said at the Carrboro Town Council Meeting.
Over two years, the projected budget has grown from approximately $25 million to $41 million.
The price of steel and concrete accounted for $3 million of the increase. During the Carrboro Town Council meeting, Webb said the expected cost of steel has spiked by 127 percent since the spring of 2020.
Steve Arndt, director of asset management services for Orange County, said at the BOCC meeting that labor shortages have also driven up hourly construction earnings by 5.8 percent.