$2.4 million riverfront contract back on council agenda
A $2.4 million contract for riverfront development implementation for Phases II and III is back on the City Council agenda after city officials took the contract back to a competitive sealed bid process.
The contract with David Rubin Land Collective was originally slated for discussion and vote at the City Council table when it was withdrawn after City Councilman John Crawford, R-at large, raised concerns about the selection process. In response, the city issued a request for proposals to four teams that were selected as part of the original request for qualifications, Community Development Spokeswoman Mary Tyndall said Friday.
“In order to further assure City Council members that the contract for professional services to design the next two phases of Riverfront Fort Wayne improvements are a good value, the selection committee decided to request proposals with cost estimates from the four qualified consultant teams,” Tyndall said in an email. “The proposals needed to include details about the process, schedule and costs related to producing: a riverfront neighborhood master plan, a complete infrastructure engineering analysis and plan, and schematic designs for Phases II and III of the public spaces along the St. Marys River.”
In an interview Friday, Crawford said he felt city officials have satisfied his concerns and saved some money by engaging in a sealed bid process. David Rubin was not the lowest bid, but officials believe the firm was the most responsive bidder.
“I think they’re still going to recommend we take (David Rubin Land Collective) because they consider it qualitatively better,” Crawford said. “That’s something council will have to decide.”
The contract, which includes design and implementation plans, as well as engineering analysis and plans and schematics for the upcoming phases, will be introduced during Tuesday’s council meeting and discussed and voted on Oct. 2.