Aldermen meeting Monday night as the St. Charles Government Services Committee recommended formal council approval of an engineering services contract for the rehabilitation of the parking lot just north of the Municipal Center.
The $56,500 contract with Wills Burke Kelsey Associates would cover design of and permitting for the project. Construction would begin in July 2014, right after Independence Day, and last about two months, St. Charles Public Works Engineering Division Manager Jim Bernahl told aldermen.
The parking lot rehabilitation is part of a municipal complex concept plan prepared in 2010, which was approved by the City Council, according to a staff memo on the proposal. The city staff is recommending a phased-in approach to the parking lot redevelopment, which among other improvements would add a green space that would act as a buffer between the lot and the Riverwalk.
A memo to aldermen on the proposal states that the first phase of the project would include a majority of the improvements to the municipal campus area. The improvement were proposed in the concept plan — such as adding green space, improving pedestrian walkways and the bike path, and adding such features as a rain garden, a plaza for sculptures, and improving parking lot traffic flow patterns.
The staff memo states that the city has been awarded a Kane County Riverboat Grant for $65,000 toward construction costs.
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