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Concord receives two more bids for Main Street redesign project

A rendering of what North Main Street would look like after the Main Street project changes. Louis Karno & Company Communications, the public relations firm handling the Main Street project, released these illustrations updated with changes that the project would bring to downtown Concord. 

(Pixate Solutions for City of Concord)

A rendering of what North Main Street would look like after the Main Street project changes. Louis Karno & Company Communications, the public relations firm handling the Main Street project, released these illustrations updated with changes that the project would bring to downtown Concord. (Pixate Solutions for City of Concord)

It took three attempts, but Concord finally has more than one bid to look at in its quest to reshape downtown.

Two contractors submitted proposals ahead of yesterday afternoon’s deadline for proposals to rebuild Main Street.

“It is our goal to review and evaluate the proposals as soon as possible and return to the city council with a contractor, work program, and fee for council’s consideration to allow for construction this season,” Deputy City Manager for Development Carlos Baia wrote in an email notification sent out yesterday afternoon.

Baia said the city was “pleased” to announce the two bids. Two previous tries to solicit proposals each generated one bid.

The Main Street project would redesign and rebuild 12 blocks of the downtown corridor. The city has estimated the cost at $10.35 million, with a $4.71 million federal grant footing part of the bill.

Eight contractors attended a March pre-bid meeting required for any firms that want to submit a proposal for the work.

In February, the city council gave the city permission to use an alternative bidding process that allows for more negotiation. Part of this means the names of the contractors were not released yesterday.

The construction management/general contractor bid model is different from a typical bid process, Baia said, because the submissions are not solely based on price. A contractor’s experience, qualifications and approach to the specific project are weighed, he said. “These proposals are, therefore, provided confidentiality pending review and possible acceptance,” he said.

(Iain Wilson can be reached at 369-3313 or iwilson@cmonitor.com.)

Legacy Comments1

Almost my favorite topic. I am really happy, and I quote "....Baia said, because the submissions are not solely based on price.", I know this makes everything warm and fuzzy. While I generally favor the quality over pure price bidding process, this just has desperation written all over it. Yea, we have 2 bids. What will they do next to attract even higher numbers, make the whole cost a total secret?

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