‘Renaissance’ construction to begin


‘Renaissance’ construction to begin

By Mike Van Sickle
News Editor



Renaissance Restoration of Galena, Ill., will serve as general contractor for West Union’s Downtown Revitalization Façade Project.

Main Street West Union (MSWU) Director Robin Bostrom informed the City Council on Monday that Renaissance Restoration submitted the low bid of $797,000 for the project. Construction is slated to begin Wednesday, Oct. 2.

Bostrom noted that a decision has yet to be made whether to include two alternate bids totaling approximately $22,300 in deductions. 

The project will be coordinated alongside the ongoing Multifamily Housing Project. Bostrom said participating businesses/buildings will remain open during the construction.

Additional bids were submitted by Matt Construction, $1.175 million, and Carl A. Nelson & Company, $971,000.

Participating buildings in the façade project are Bank Block Building, Chamber of Commerce, Fuller Block Building (Spirits & Such), Lauer & Lauer Insurance, Fehr Graham, Union Drug Store (owned by Dick Woodard), Unionland Feed & Supply, West Union Professional Building, Williamson Building (MSWU), and former Garvin Hardware.

The façade improvements are to be completed by June 1, 2014.

Bostrom told the City Council that all contractors were informed during the prebid meeting of the precautions required in regard to the porous pavers in the downtown district.

Prior to the close of Monday’s council meeting, Green Pilot Streetscape engineer Jon Biederman reported that the paver contractors would be required to return within six months to refill the pavers they most recently installed. He acknowledged that the City continues to hold 5 percent retainage from the contractor.  

Later, the council approved a partial pay estimate totaling approximately $48,770 to Blazek Construction and a $30,695 change order decrease from Blazek. 

Geothermal hearing

The West Union City Council will host a public hearing at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, in regard to a proposed lease of the City’s district energy (geothermal) system.

According to the proposal, “the property and system will be leased to West Union District Energy, LLC, for a period of five years, for an annual payment amount equal to the insurance premiums the City will be required to pay in order to obtain insurance for the City’s interests in the property and in the operation of the system.”

Following the hearing, the Council may at that time or a later date make a final determination on the proposal.


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