HAMMOND | The Hammond Redevelopment Commission approved a $572,800 contract Tuesday for the remodeling of the Harrison Park tennis courts.
The contractor, Superior Design-Build LLC of Hammond, should begin work on the project in the coming weeks at the historical park at Hohman Avenue and Waltham Street, according to Owana Miller, the city's community development director.
The project, which is estimated to be complete by May or June, will redo the 1950s-era tennis courts and add portable bleachers.
“It's definitely going to enhance and revitalize that whole area,” Miller said.
Federal grant money the city receives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will pay for the project.
City officials originally estimated the project's cost at $450,000, but Miller said leftover HUD funding from last year will be used to cover the difference.
Remodeling the tennis courts is the first phase of work planned at Harrison Park. The next phase will remodel the park's playground equipment. No timetable has been set for that work to begin.
“All of our parks need to be safe and well equipped to prevent any problems,” said Jimmie Lambert, Redevelopment Commission president.
The Redevelopment Commission delayed awarding the contract earlier this month after the city's park and recreation administrator shared concerns about the coating the contractors planned to use on the courts.
A groundbreaking also was canceled.
Redevelopment commissioners previously awarded a $33,700 contract to Hutton and Hutton Architects and Engineers to manage the project.