Plymouth City Attorney Sean Surrisi opened three bids for the proposed city renovation project during the Plymouth Redevelopment Commission meeting Tuesday night.
Ziolkowski Construction, Inc. out of South Bend turned in a total base bid of $2,728,000 while Gibson Lewis, LLC out of Mishawaka submitted a bid of $2,654,100. The last bid opened was from Michiana Contracting, Inc. in Plymouth in the amount of $2,198,700.
Surrisi advised the commission to take the bids under advisement and review the budget to ensure funding is available for those bids. They came in a little higher than expected.
The project includes construction of improvements and expansion of the city office at 124 N. Michigan Street including the clerk-treasurer’s office, mayor’s office, city attorney’s office and the council chambers.
The commission did approve a resolution to move ahead with the sale of bonds for the project. The Plymouth Redevelopment Authority approved the same resolution earlier in the day. It gives an outline on which entity claims pieces of the property during the life of the bonds. The chamber of commerce building will be purchased by the redevelopment commission as part of this resolution in the amount of $100,000.
The bond sale will close on Aug. 15. A public hearing will be scheduled during the evening to hear public comment on the lease of the chamber building. The lease agreement is complicated as each policy of ownership is different for each entity.
The resolution was unanimously approved. Within that approval, President Dan Tyree was given the authority to sign paperwork as needed throughout the process.