City Approves Tracy Plaza Renovation Contracts

The next phase of the Tracy Plaza reconstruction project could start next month. The redesign will go toward adding more landscaping to make the structure more environmentally friendly, more energy efficient and aesthetically pleasing. Plans for the redesign include relocating the Veterans Memorial to be closer to the wall of the fireman’s dorm that is visible on southwest corner of the plaza. On the wall, the plan is for a mural to be painted depicting U.S. soldiers. P-J photo by Dennis Phillips

Phase 2 of the Tracy Plaza renovation project could start next month.

On Monday, Jamestown City Council approved three resolutions approving contracts for renovation work totaling $1,659,534. One resolution was for an agreement with BECC Electric of Dunkirk for electrical construction for $64,770.

Another resolution approved a contract with Patterson-Stevens Inc. of Tonawanda for general construction for $1,534,864. The final resolution was an agreement with Rabe Environmental Systems Inc. of Erie, Pa, for HVAC construction for $59,900.

Jeff Lehman, city public works director, said even with the contracts approved by council, city officials still have to wait for state officials to approve the contracts before work can begin. He said the reconstruction project probably won’t start until next month.

“We are hoping (to start) as soon as possible, but more likely it will be sometime in July. Obviously, we are missing this beautiful summer weather,” Lehman said.

City officials have to wait for the state’s approval because they received a $1,480,000 Green Innovation Grant from the state. The rest of the funding for the $2.4 million Phase 2 project will come from the 2015 $3 million bond initiative. Funds from the bond went toward purchasing new equipment and renovating city buildings, like Tracy Plaza.

The redesign work for Tracy Plaza will go toward adding more landscaping to make the area more environmentally friendly, more energy efficient and aesthetically pleasing. Plans for the redesign include relocating the Veterans Memorial to be closer to the wall of the fireman’s doom that is visible on southwest corner of the plaza. On the wall, the plan is for a mural to be painted depicting U.S. soldiers.

Lehman said during this phase the plan is to strip the old deck to its structural components and replace the concrete this year. Also, he said this year they will move the Veterans Memorial from its existing location to the south part of the deck. He said in the spring of 2018, the plan is to add turf and other landscape features.

“Unless we have an incredibly warm fall, it will be done in the spring (2018),” Lehman said.

This will not be the last phase of the Tracy Plaza renovation project. Lehman said the city still wants to reconstruct the north/west section of the deck. He said the design work is done, but they don’t have the funding in place yet for Phase 3.

Since 2013, city officials have been renovating the deck area surrounding the city Municipal Building, located at 200 E. Third St. The deck covers the Jamestown Police Department, a parking garage and storage areas.

The first phase of the renovation project was to remove the parapet wall surrounding the building. The first phase totaled around $1 million.

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