Five bids were opened for phase II of River Park Square during the Plymouth Park Board meeting Monday evening.
The stellar project includes a Veteran’s Plaza, natural playground, permanent corn-hole, ADA compliant sidewalks, additional angle parking on Garro Street and a large pavilion. Also included is a sensory garden which was bid as an alternate along with fieldstone column wraps on the pavilion.
Total cost for the project was $700,000 with OCRA grant funds in the amount of $560,000 and $140,000 local match. Park Superintendent Mike Hite said they have already spent some of the money for engineering costs and other small expenses and he isn’t sure exactly what is still available.
Bids came in higher than expected. LaPorte Construction had a base bid of $761,000 and a bid of $47,000 for the Sensory Garden and $50,000 for the fieldstone wrap. Brown and Brown from Wakarusa had a base bid of $842,700 and $78,600 for the Sensory Garden and $115,800 for the fieldstone wrap. Robert Henry Corporation provided a base bid of $855,708 and an alternate of $67,958 for the Sensory Garden and $92,761 for the fieldstone wrap. R. Yoder Construction’s base bid was $850,800 and $76,400 for the Sensory Garden and $93,600 for the fieldstone wrap. The final bidder was Michiana Construction. They had a base bid of $940,900 and $78,100 for the Sensory Garden and $106,600 for the fieldstone wrap.
Bids were taken under advisement for review by Park Superintendent Mike Hite, Park Board President Dave Morrow and Mike Reese from the Troyer Group. Since the bids came in higher than anticipated the committee will review and make a recommendation to the park board at their February meeting.