Portage street department bids come in under estimates

2013-09-18T19:02:00Z 2013-09-19T00:25:05Z Portage street department bids come in under estimatesJoyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222 nwitimes.com

PORTAGE | Bids for the new city street department facility came in under estimates Wednesday afternoon.

Officials at a special Redevelopment Commission meeting opened 21 bids in four categories for constructing a new facility on the site of the present facility on Hamstrom Road.

Six bids were received in the general trades category. The apparent low bidder was Gariup Construction of Gary for $3.1 million. Other bids ranged up to $3.5 million.

Three bids were received for plumbing. The lowest was from Mechanical Concepts of Gary for $155,900. Of the four mechanical bids received, Gatlin Plumbing and Heating of Griffith was the lowest at $139,000. Of the four electrical bids received, Circle R Electric of Portage was the lowest at $158,870.

Scott Cherry of The Skillman Corp. of Merrillville said, at first glance, and if the lowest bids are deemed the most responsive and responsible, the project will come in under the original estimate.

The project management firm hopes to have a recommendation to award contracts at the commission's meeting Wednesday.

The project, which will replace just about all the buildings presently at the facility, was estimated to cost about $4 million. The construction is being financed through a tax increment financing bond by the commission.

The first phase of the project, construction of a large stone parking lot on the eastern side of the facility, already has been completed.

In other business, the commission approved purchasing a building at 2588 Portage Mall for $240,000. The 4,000-square-foot building is on slightly more than a half acre and was owned by the Suarez family.

The commission also approved  a contract with Burkhart of South Bend for lettering and artwork for the front of City Hall. The lettering will cost $1,258. The artwork — aluminum insets on the front of the building — will cost a little more than $16,000.

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