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City says new Wilson Street Parkade likely delayed for one year

New request for proposals went out Friday
Concept drawing for the new Wilson Street Parkade.

Construction of the new Wilson Street Parkade has been delayed, likely for one year.

On Friday the city issued a revised request for proposal (RFP) for the $12.7 million structure, which it says will  postpone the project.

“It is expected that re-issuing the RFP will postpone the start of the parkade construction by about one year. The exact project timeline will be determined based on the new schedule agreed to by the City and the winning proponent of the new RFP,” the city said in a news statement issued Friday.

After responses to the RFPs come in they will have to be reviewed by city staff, then a winning bid recommended to council. Final design details will also have to be completed.

The city originally issued a request for proposal last August, but all four that were received “significantly exceeded” the budget approved by council.

Construction was initially supposed to begin last December and take one year.

“To stay within our approved budget and ensure accountability to our taxpayers, we are proactively adjusting and reissuing the Wilson Street parkade RFP, which will mean a change to the project’s original timeline,” said Scott Stewart, the city’s deputy chief administrative officer of Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Services, in city release.

 The new RFP includes:

  • Setting the number of parking spaces for the parkade at 300-350.
  • Specifying the project budget of $12,685,000, including parkade, bridge and final roadwork.
  • Reducing the cash allowance by approximately $700,000.
  • Reducing the size of the main entrance lobby by approximately 60 per cent.
  • Reducing the bicycle storage capacity from 60 to 40 bicycles.
  • Reducing car charging stations from four to two stations, while retaining the ability to grow up to 80 spaces in the future.
  • The integrated art component is requested as a separate cost.
  • The digital car counting system is requested as a separate cost.
  • The supply and installation of the banners at the Norfolk pedestrian bridge and/or “veteran’s bridge” improvements are requested as a separate cost.