13 contractors considering Steel Pt. infrastructure work

Thirteen contractors showed up today near the intersection of Stratford Avenue and Pembroke Street within the vacant Steel Point redevelopment area to learn more about how to bid on $13 million worth of infrastructure upgrades.

“That’s a real good turnout,” said Steve Tyliszczak with the city’s office of economic and business development.

That’s him in the center of the circle, holding up the documents.

The fact the city is moving forward with the road, utility and other upgrades is another good indication that Steel Point, a mix of retail, office and residential space, may finally after several decades actually happen.

Of course it wouldn’t be Steel Point without some issue or another coming up (there’s a reason it’s 30 years in the making), and that’s what happened here.

The infrastructure work was initially put out to bid in May. A bunch of contenders showed up on the site, as they did today, and ultimately six contractors bit.

But Tyliszczak said two documents in the several-inches-thick stack of bidding papers contradicted each other, causing some confusion that ultimately required a rebid.

Work is expected to begin in August and last into the winter.

When one contractor asked about possible winter weather-related delays, Tyliszczak joked, “What winter?” hoping for a repeat of the mild, construction-friendly 2011/2012 season.

Brian Lockhart