The Duluth City Council voted recently to approve the lowest of 8 bids for the Parking Lot Modification Project to pave and expand parking behind Main Street buildings from the Mathias Building to Pure Taqueria. The bids ranged in price from $175,470 to $281,500.
The low bid package by Ohmshiv was evaluated for completeness and recommended for approval for $175,470 plus a $17,600 contingency.
An additional $17,600 was approved for materials and $10,000 for city engineer services bringing the total for the project to $220,670. Funding for this project comes from 2009 SPLOST.
The AJC reported previously that an additional $25,000 was also approved for lighting in the same parking lot.
Duluth entered into an updated lease agreement with Norfolk Southern Railway Company earlier this year for public parking in the railroad right-of-way. The new lease allows the city to resurface and stripe the parking area behind Pure Taqueria and the Red Clay theatre.
The agreement for approximately one acre of land requires a 25-foot set-back from the railroad tracks. Norfolk Southern retains the right to approve modifications, alterations or improvements to the lot. An extensive part of the contract prohibits the city from storage or hazardous materials near the railway.
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