Downtown makeover preparing for Phase 3
With the first two phases of the downtown revitalization project already under its tool belt, Len Corcoran Excavation Ltd is looking to round out the trilogy.
At Monday’s meeting city council will be asked to accept the company’s tender for Phase 3 construction and, as the only contractor bidding on the job, it’s unlikely to be a difficult decision.
“Infrastructure renewal work within a congested city core of shopping, entertainment and business establishments is specialty work that interests very few contractors as evidenced by the limited number of bidders each time downtown work has been tendered,” read the report to council, signed by Rod Bovay, the city’s director of engineering,
“The specialization and the challenges around maintaining business continuity through construction has likely resulted in the limited interest in bidding this type of work and the resulting single tender submission.
“It is highly unlikely that any other tendering or construction approach would yield results any different from what we have experienced to date.”
The tender amount was $13.3 million with HST included, with a net cost to the city of a little more than $12 million after rebates and credits. This final amount is within the remaining budget allotment for the project.
Phase 3 construction will take on the stretch of Front Street from Bridge Street East to Dundas Street East as well as from Bridge Street East from the bridge over to Pinnacle Street. McAnnany Street and Market Street, which frame Market Square, will also be included.
The scope of the work is significant and includes: complete replacement of the existing watermain and water services; relining or replacement of sanitary sewer systems; complete reconstruction of roads and sidewalks including the use of decorative pavers; landscaping; new street lights; and new traffic lights.
Phase 1 of the project was completed at the end of 2015 for a net cost of $8.5 million with Phase 2 completed last year, this time for a cost of $8.1 million.
The multi-year revitalization project has been an effort on behalf of the city to address deteriorated infrastructure, in particular the watermains which haven’t been replaced since 1880.
The Bridge Street East portion of the job is expected to be completed in 2017 with the remaining works completed in 2018.
Construction crews tear up Front Street on Friday, July 31, 2015 in Belleville. The construction is part of the Build Belleville initiative to revitalize the downtown core.