The city of Grandview Heights is now accepting bid proposals for construction work in the Pierce Field improvement project.

The city of Grandview Heights is now accepting bid proposals for construction work in the Pierce Field improvement project.

A notice of the bid opportunity was published Tuesday, April 9, in The Columbus Dispatch with an estimate of about $1.3 million for the project, which will include the demolition of three existing buildings, construction of a new multiuse building, a new fire pit for the Ox Roast and other site improvements.

Bid documents must be submitted to the city by May 3, Mayor Ray DeGraw told City Council during its meeting Monday, April 8.

The bids will be opened at 1:30 p.m. May 3 in council chambers, he said.

"We're looking at construction beginning on June 3," DeGraw said.

After discussions with representatives of the Bobcat Boosters, the organization that presents the Ox Roast, the city has agreed to keep the existing kitchen building in place through this year's festival to make sure the event would not be affected by any delay in completing the new structure, he said.

"They're happy with that because it (brings) some stability," DeGraw said.

The Grandview Baseball Association also will be able to use the building during its season for equipment storage, he said.

The new fire pit will be constructed in time for the Ox Roast, DeGraw said.

After the festival is over, the existing building will be demolished, he said.

The Boosters have offered to provide some funds if rearranging the plans causes any delay in the project, DeGraw said.

The mayor also reported the controlling board has approved the third phase of public improvements related to the Grandview Yard development.

About $4.1 million worth of projects are planned, including the extension of Yard Street north to Williams Avenue; the extension of Bobcat Avenue north of Williams; and improvements to Williams between Yard and Bobcat, DeGraw said.

The project will use most of the $5 million in grant and loan money awarded to the city by the Ohio Public Works Commission, he said.

Another phase of project is expected to begin in late summer and will include the extension of Burr Avenue to Northwest Boulevard, lining the large sewer on Goodale Boulevard east of Northwest, and improvements to the intersection at Goodale and Northwest, DeGraw said.

Also at this week's meeting, council authorized the city to apply for a $70,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources that would be used to help pay for improvements to the shelter house, creation of a parking lot turnaround and playground improvements at Wyman Woods park.

If awarded the grant, the city would allocate the funds and be reimbursed later.