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New Wilson Street Parkade plans months behind schedule

City consultant still working on revised plans after original tenders for $13.8 million project all came in over budget
Original concept drawing for the new Wilson Street Parkade.

The city has yet to issue a new request for proposals for the construction of the new Wilson Street Parkade, which is several months behind schedule.

The construction of a new $13.8 million parkade featuring 350 parking spots was originally supposed to begin in December 2016 and be completed the following December.

But the city was sent back to the drawing board when the four tenders from contractors for the project all came in over budget.

The city is waiting for its consultant to finish making suggested revisions to the project that will hopefully result in tenders coming in under budget.

Staff would then have to review and approve those plans, a contractor chosen and detail work finalized before construction could start.

"Our consultant, the Walter Fedy‎ Group, is preparing the revised RFP, which will soon be reviewed by staff. Once it has been finalized, the RFP will be issued, most likely later this month," Peter Cartwright, the city's General Manager, Business Development and Enterprise, said via e-mail.

Cartwright said that part of the consultant's report will be to provide not only a new scope for the project, but also a new timeline.

The project was originally sent out for requests for proposals last summer, with a closing date of Aug. 31. All four proposals received "significantly exceed the approved budget for the contract," the city said in October.

The project includes reconstruction of the Norfolk Pedestrian Bridge.


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