The Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission met Tuesday, January 20th 2009 with all Commissioners present except for Steve Corona.
The Redevelopment Commission approved several resolutions regarding Harrison Square change orders. Â Some were to add features that had been value-engineered out of the project. Â One of these involved the entrance/exit gates to Parkview Field. Â There will be a total of 14 gates, each measuring 8 feet tall. Â It was decided to add arches on the tops and make them a bit more ornamental in appearance than just a standard fence. Â Jim Iddins, Weigand Construction, reported there are some 350 project requests that they are wading through to determine which need to be done and which might be able to added. Â All items at this point are coming out of the contingency funds.
Cory Miller, Schenkel Shultz Architecture, presented an update on the parking deck. Â The parking deck will meet a February 1st deadline of parking Lincoln Financial Group employees which will total 580 cars. Â The cars will probably have to be parked on the lower levels. Â The next goal is March 1st for the rest of the structure to be available for public use. Â There is some caulking and electrical work to be completed. Â
The question was raised about possible damage to the structure by the last month’s fire. Â The fire occurred on December 18th, 2008. Â Cory responded that the contractor does not believe there was any damage to the structure. Â There was a large amount of water poured onto the structure during the fire. Â He mentioned that some tarpsÂ in the area had been so well protected by the Fort Wayne Fire Department that it did not melt. Â There is some concern that all of that water could have entered some of the electrical conduits in the area and frozen with the recent cold. Â They still do not have that area powered up, but the contractor does not think it will be an issue.
The contract with Carson Boxberger for professional services was approved. Â The hourly rate will remain the same as the 2008 calendar year, $175 per hour. Â The Escrow Agreement for the Wayne Pipe remediation was approved. Â The amount is not to exceed $135,000, with $50,000 already paid into the account per an earlier meeting. Â City Attorney Carol Taylor is still looking into the possibility of going after the responsible parties for the initial problem.
The possible Intermodal Yard at Adams Center is still on-track. Â This property, however, is not considered to be shovel-ready.
The final piece of business concerned the awarding of the bleacher contract for the top of the parking deck conference center. Â The contract was awarded to National Recreational Seating, a local Fort Wayne company. Â Commissioner Judi Wire raised a concern about the bleachers being required to be anchored and staff assured her they would double check the wording of the contract. Â Commissioner Thom Obergfell abstained from the vote because NRS is a client of his at the bank. Â The seating will cost $121,850 with two other companies bidding. Â Neither of the losers were locally-owned with one being in Texas.
It was agreed that the February meeting of the Redevelopment Commission will be held at Parkview Field in one of the suites.