MEDINA — Three design-build firms have emerged as finalists to construct a $3.5 million City Hall parking structure.
The firms are the most qualified to submit proposals to design and build the structure that will sit next to City Hall on North Elmwood Avenue.
The finalists are:
- CPS Construction Group, Cheswick, Pennsylvania;
- The Ruhlin Co., Sharon Center;
- Mike Coates Construction Co., Niles.
The firms will be scored based on a system that looks at 50 percent on the cost of the project and the other 50 percent on the designs.
City Engineer Pat Patton wants to put together a design-review team of five residents. He recommends that Jonathan Mendel of the city’s planning commission, one member of City Council, a member of the City Historic Preservation Board, another city employee and himself sit on the design-review team.
“The three firms will put on a presentation,” Patton said Monday. “The group will decide who the designer would be.”
Patton said he expects the project to break ground in April.
“We have to be under contract by April,” he said.
That’s one prerequisite for the city getting a $1 million state grant for the project.
Patton said he plans to release the proposals in January.
“They have a lot of design work to do,” he said.
Patton said the firm will get started as soon as it can.
“It’s exciting,” Council President John Coyne said. “It will be disruptive (for parking in the area), but exciting.”
Patton wants to set up a project workshop in January so Council can ask questions.
The two-level structure will include about 200 parking spots.
Nearby retail/residential development also is close to getting off the ground, said Kimberly Marshall, city economic development director.
Space for electric cars will be part of the parking deck. Marshall said the city will apply for a grant through FirstEnergy Corp. for the electric cars.
“They want to work with us,” she said.
City officials are not sure whether the deck will be attached to the development, which will be located along West Liberty Street and beyond.
In other news:
- Phase 3 of the West Smith Road project, between Lake Road and Commerce Drive, will begin early next year, Patton said.
The total project cost is $1.6 million. The city engineer said the city has qualified for a $455,000 state grant to offset the project costs.
The one stipulation?
“It’ll be done before the (Medina County) Fair,” Patton said. The fair starts July 29.
- The Finance Committee unanimously approved a job- creation grant agreement with Ravago Americas LLC, of Orlando, Florida, to establish a business at 5192 Lake Road. It will create 75 new full-time jobs by 2022. Those jobs will create $2.7 million in annual payroll.
The company will add 55 jobs by 2019 or 2020, 10 by 2021 and 10 by 2022.
The agreement will provide Ravago with a grant of up to 40 percent of new payroll taxes in the city for five years.
Ravago will invest $97 million in a distribution center.
- The Finance Committee unanimously approved the city’s annual $30,000 contribution to Main Street Medina.