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February 18, 2014

New Albany accepts bids for farmers market project

Addition of structure mirroring existing building in the works

NEW ALBANY — Six contractors on Tuesday submitted bids to build improvements to the downtown New Albany Farmers Market, as a contract is expected to be awarded next week.

The base bids for the project ranged from about $321,000 to more than $386,000, as the New Albany firm Upton Pry Inc. submitted the lowest construction proposal.

There are three alternates for the project, but the gist of the improvements will be the addition of a structure to mirror the existing farmers market building, which is located at the corner of Bank and Market streets downtown.

“It would double the size of what we have currently and would add a bathroom and storage,” said David Duggins, director of economic development and redevelopment for New Albany.

The existing structure doesn’t have a restroom or much storage space.

Alternates for the project include stainless steel fixtures for the toilet and water faucets, a large sign for the market and features that would help connect the buildings.

The New Albany City Council appropriated $270,000 for the project this year, and Duggins said the administration anticipated that more funds would be needed for construction.

The farmers market is operated by Develop New Albany, and opens the second Saturday of May. Organizers said the number of vendors at the market increased last year, and the city agreed to close a portion of Bank Street for the market.

The New Albany Board of Public Works and Safety likely will vote next week to accept a contract for the improvements, as the bids were taken under advisement Tuesday.

MAC TO START MAIN STREET TASKS

Crews will begin verifying the location of utilities next week ahead of the start of construction for the East Main Street improvement project.

A representative with the project contract, MAC Construction & Excavating, received permission from the board of public works and safety to begin the survey work. The representative said the utility verification work won’t require street closures.

The bulk of the project is slated to begin March 10, as the city will pay more than $2.3 million to improve East Main Street from East Fifth Street to Vincennes Street. The project will include the addition of a grassy median, drainage upgrades and new sidewalks and lighting.

Substantial completion of the project is slated for Aug. 7.

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