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Medina Council solicits parking deck rebids after lawsuit


MEDINA — City officials want to see another round of proposals for the city hall parking deck project after a Pennsylvania company sued the city in federal court to protest the initial bid process.

City Engineer Pat Patton said a request for proposal, or RFP, will go out in the next couple days and just like last time, the construction companies that respond must stay within the $3.8 million budget.

“We want them to show us what we’re going to get for $3.8 million,” Patton said.

City Council rejected the first set of bids on April 22 after CPS Construction Group, of Chester, Pennsylvania, sued the city in U.S. District Court. CPS contends it had the lowest bid at $3.68 million and the highest score in the city’s evaluation process. The city went with Ruhlin Construction Co, of Sharon Township.

Council said it picked Ruhlin’s proposal largely because of its red brick look. The lawsuit said Ruhlin’s design was different from the one the city solicited and didn’t follow the bid process rules.

With the rebid process underway, CPS Construction moved to drop its lawsuit and a ruling Monday in federal court formally dismissed the case.

Patton said scoring on the second round RFPs will be 50 percent technical and 50 percent cost.

Council President John Coyne said Council hopes to make the final decision by July 1.

Patton said construction could start in July or August. It will take about seven or eight months to complete the project, with a planned completion date of sometime in 2020.

Parameters for the RFPs include:

  • There will be a minimum of 200 parking spaces in the deck;
  • They can put the deck anywhere in the allotted space;
  • They can maintain some surface parking next to city hall, but it’s not a requirement;
  • They can add a brick accent to their proposal, but they must stay within budget;
  • The west side of the deck, which will face North Elmwood Avenue, doesn’t have to be more enhanced than the east side.

Companies will be given four weeks to respond. A seven-person Design Review Committee will make a recommendation to Council.

The committee will be made up of Patton, Coyne, either At-Large Councilmen Bill Lamb or Paul Rose, Community Development Director Jonathan Mendel, the Historic Preservation Board’s Leslie Traves, and a local developer and architect.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.

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