Lack of bids de­lays Grand Bank re­de­vel­op­ment pro­ject

Town ex­tends dead­line for bids to Aug. 31

The Southern Gazette - - Editorial - BY PAUL HER­RIDGE GRAND BANK, N.L. paul.her­[email protected]­erngazette.ca

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.

“To me,

it seems pretty straight­for­ward,” Matthews said of the work in­volved. “Maybe it’s a lit­tle more com­pli­cated than I see.”

PAUL HER­RIDGE/THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

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.

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