MEDINA — Council unanimously picked Monday the contractor to build the parking deck next to city hall.
Ruhlin Construction of Sharon Township will begin construction on the structure with 207 parking spaces as early as mid-May, City Engineer Pat Patton said.
Patton said the project is scheduled to be done by mid-December. Unfortunately, it won’t be completed in time for the Candlelight Walk in November.
Ruhlin’s $3.8 million was higher than the other finalist’s asking price, but Council said it was chosen largely because of the red brick look.
Ruhlin and CPS Construction Group of Pittsburgh tied in the rankings after they submitted their design-build proposals April 4 to a committee of officials that included Patton and Council President John Coyne.
“Each one has benefits and problems,” Coyne said.
Patton said he’s worked with Ruhlin before on projects and it was very accommodating.
In order to reach budget, Ruhlin’s was forced to eliminate a canopy connecting the garage with city hall.
The construction manager for the project, John Judge of Desman Inc., recommended CPS Construction Group, largely because of its budget price of $3.68 million, Patton said.
During construction, city officials said their biggest concern will be where disabled people will park. There is nearby parking for most customers and employees — the city approved the purchase of a parking lot on South Elmwood Avenue from the county for $50,000 on Monday — but disabled parking spaces are at a premium near city hall. Officials are working on a solution.
Ohio Edison needs to remove two utility poles and to relocate three others to make room for the parking deck. That will cost the city $38,000, Patton said.
The city received a $1 million grant from the state to build the deck, which will be deducted from the $3.8 million.