Belleville city staff have laid out some options for dealing with the final phase of the downtown revitalization.
At the Mayor’s Implementation Committee meeting Thursday, Deputy Director of Engineering Ray Ford presented the work plan.
The project is projected to cost between $12.2 and $12.9 million.
The work is a renovation of Front Street between Bridge and Dundas, Bridge Street from the bridge to Pinnacle Street, along with the two streets beside city hall.
In the end, staff recommended an option, which would have the entire work tendered as one project, starting next August, continuing until the beginning of winter. It would then continue in the spring, running all of summer 2018.
A second option would see the work broken down into two projects. They would be tendered separately and broken down into 2017 and 2018. The cost of it is projected at $12.6 million.
Finally, option three would see three contracts, one for Bridge Street East, the second for the work on Front Street, the third for work on Market and McAnnany Street (adjacent to city hall). It would cost $12.9 million.
Staff adds that it would add some cost certainty and would be easier to manage.
Council will look over all three options for Phase 3 at capital budget discussions October 25th.
Phase 3 alone will be more than half the entire original budget for the three phases of downtown work ($22.36 million).