Down­town makeover pre­par­ing for Phase 3

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - FRONT PAGE - INTELLIGENCER STAFF

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.

TIM MILLER/THE INTELLIGENCER

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.

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