Fairfield renewal plan to be considered

October 9, 2018

HUNTINGTON — Members of the Huntington’s Administration and Finance Committee on Tuesday will consider awarding a Chicago-based urban planning firm the rights to create a federal revitalization plan for the Fairfield neighborhood.

Meanwhile, city council members will vote on a resolution allowing

Mayor Steve Williams to apply for a 2018-2019 Governor’s Highway Safety Grant from the West Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

Because of Columbus Day on Monday, Huntington City Hall will be closed. Household garbage collection will continue as normal.

Huntington City Council, which was originally scheduled on Monday, has been moved to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. It will follow a meeting of the Administration and Finance Committee at 6:30 p.m.

Committee members are set to discuss the U.S. Housing and Urban Development “Choice Neighborhoods” master plan for the Fairfield neighborhood and a resolution awarding its design to Chicago-based firm Camiros, Ltd.

Discussion on the resolution was tabled during a previous meeting so committee members could learn more about how Camiros Ltd. was chosen for the project.

The U.S. HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods program brings community stakeholders together to “create and implement a plan that revitalizes distressed HUD housing and addresses the challenges in the surrounding neighborhood,” according to its website.

Kim Bailey, the city’s director of purchasing, said funds are available and have been set aside in the budget from the Choice Neighborhoods Grant and no general fund dollars would be used toward the master plan.

A five-person committee of stakeholders recommended awarding the design of the master plan to Camiros, Ltd. The committee scored Camiros, Ltd. higher than Huntington-based firm Edward Tucker Architects, Bailey said.

Camiros wants $233,000 for the project, while Edward Tucker Architects asked for $365,055.

Committee members requested more information about the judging criteria used to score the two firms.

Some committee members feared a negative economic impact for choosing the Chicago firm above the local one.

Committee members will also discuss a contract to purchase 11 security cargo vaults for the Huntington Police Department, a contract to replace sidewalk on 10th Avenue and a contract creating a parking pad and sidewalk replacement at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

Travis Crum Is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. He may be reached by phone at 304-526-2801.

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