Duluth will move forward with a task order for an on-call consultant to develop construction plans for the area between the Mathias Building and the future new library. (Courtesy City of Duluth)

Duluth will hire on-call consultant to manage area near new library

The Duluth City Council voted recently to move forward with a task order for an on-call consultant to develop construction plans for the area between the Mathias Building and the future new library. In addition to the train viewing platform that will be added to this area, the city believes the future site could accommodate a low-rise commercial building with adjacent parking.

As part of their scope, the design team will collect topographic survey information, develop concepts for staff approval, and then move forward with construction plans and specifications for a pad-ready site. Phase one of the project is expected to cost $6,522, with phase two, including the concept design, anticipated to cost $14,881. Phase three will include the construction document preparation as is expected to cost $39,777, making the total task order valued at $61,180. With the addition of a 10 percent contingency totaling $6,100, the city approved a total project budget of $67,280. Funding for this task is from a generous grant from the Duluth Fall Festival.

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