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Board accepts bid for parking-garage construction

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The Grandview Heights Board of Control this week reviewed the bids received for a 500-car parking garage and lot within the southeast plat of the Grandview Yard development.

During its meeting Monday, Feb. 3, the board accepted the bid of Thomas & Marker as the lowest bid for the project. The company's base bid was $4,579,000.

Seven bids were received for the project, with the highest base bid totaling $5,376,000.

In December, the city planning commission approved the site plan and design of the garage, which will serve an office building at 800 Yard St. and a Hofbrauhaus Brewery and Restaurant.

The garage will be privately owned and maintained by the Columbus-Franklin County Finance Authority, said Patrik Bowman, the city's director of administration/economic development.

The structure will resemble the existing garage at the Yard, except the ramp to its second level will be within the garage. Parking lots will be constructed on each side of the garage.

Thomas & Marker is expected to begin work on the garage in mid-March, Bowman said.

The board of control also met Friday, Jan. 31, to review proposed cost estimates for other projects at the Yard before they go out to bid.

Those projects include public street and utility work associated with the southeast Yard plat.

City Council accepted the plat in December.

The work to be bid includes the following public improvements:

* Baldwin Street from Yard Street to Rail Street (streets, utilities, sidewalks and street trees).

* Rail Street from Goodale Boulevard to Baldwin Street (streets, utilities, sidewalks and street trees).

* The east side of Yard Street and south side of Goodale Boulevard (sidewalks and street trees).

* A private drive around the parking garage (street and utilities).

The total cost estimate for these projects, including a 10 percent contingency, is about $2.7 million.

These projects -- as well as planned work to construct a right-turn lane along the north side of Goodale between Bobcat Avenue and Northwest Boulevard, widen Burr Avenue at Northwest, and create streetscape plans for the third phase of Grandview Yard -- are expected to go to bid within the next week, Bowman said.

The turn lane and widening projects were included in Ohio Public Works Commission funds awarded to the city. The streetscape plans were part of the commission project application but are items that will be funded by matching TIF dollars.

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