County provides additional payment for Wentworth Avenue repair

2013-02-10T00:00:00Z County provides additional payment for Wentworth Avenue repairGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent
February 10, 2013 12:00 am  • 

CHICAGO | A company that did engineering studies for the 2012 reconstruction of Wentworth Avenue in Lansing will receive an additional $37,000 payment from Cook County.

AECOM Technical Services Inc., already has received in excess of $561,000 for the work it did on the reconstruction of Wentworth Avenue from Ridge Road to Glenwood-Lansing Road.

But the Cook County Board on Tuesday, with little discussion, gave its approval to an extra $37,689 payment to the company. The company contends it had to do extra engineering work because of changes in the scope of the project requested by the county Highway Department, but not included in the original contract.

With the addition, AECOM will have received $598,786 from Cook County for the work, which turned Wentworth Avenue from a two-lane road to a three-lane road with a turn-lane in the middle.

The company’s studies included revisions to the drainage design, change to pavement removal quantity, water main adjustment work and erosion control for culvert construction among other details.

In other business impacting Chicago’s Southeast Side or surrounding suburbs, the Cook County Board approved a $1.5 million contract with Heartland Alliance Inc.

The Chicago-based company wants to subcontract with community groups across the city to operate programs to benefit young people in trouble with the law who might otherwise be locked up in juvenile detention facilities.

Among the communities to benefit from this one-year contract would be the South Chicago and East Side neighborhoods.

The County Board also approved a project loan of $675,000 to Bethel Human Resources to support a HOME Investment Partnerships program, which is creating a 12-unit, multifamily rental housing project in Harvey. The loan will have a 40-year term.

But county commissioners voted to defer action on a proposed Class 8 property tax break for an industrial building at 2034 Ridge Road in Homewood.

The building was once a bank, but Gendreau Homewood Holdings LLC says it would turn the structure into a boutique hotel and restaurant/piano bar if they get the tax break.

A Class 8 tax break, if ultimately approved by the County Board, would reduce the property taxes at the site by just over half for the next 12 years. Class 8 tax breaks are meant to encourage redevelopment of sites that have sat vacant for at least two years.

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