Lack of bids delays Grand Bank redevelopment project
Town extends deadline for bids to Aug. 31
The start of the first phase of the Grand Bank downtown and waterfront redevelopment project has been delayed due to an absence of proposals from contractors.
The approximately $870,000 project went out to tender in late July with a two-week deadline for companies to submit bids.
According to discussion during council’s meeting on Aug. 20, six companies picked up the tender information, but none of them made a submission by the deadline.
Mayor Rex Matthews says after discussing the situation with the town’s engineer and speaking to some of the companies that picked up the packages, the town decided to extend the deadline to the end of August.
The town expects it will have received some bids by that time.
“It was just the timing wasn’t right for several of the contractors that actually picked up the packages,” says town clerk Cathy Follett.
The first stage of the redevelopment plan includes streetscaping in the corridor from Warren’s Store to the Grand Bank Lions Centre, including a cobblestone area. Changes will also improve the number of parking spaces available in the area.
As well, the town-owned land on the corner of Water Street and Riverside West will be developed into a green space.
It was initially hoped the work would start in mid-July.
A condition of the federallyfunded project requires the money be spent this year. During the council meeting, however, it was noted the project can carry over into 2019 as long as it has been started before then.
it seems pretty straightforward,” Matthews said of the work involved. “Maybe it’s a little more complicated than I see.”
A significant portion of the first stage of Grand Bank’s downtown and waterfront redevelopment plan will focus on this corridor from Warren’s Store to the Grand Bank Lions Centre.