The last chance for major changes to plans for a $2.5-million waterfront park will come to Prescott council by mid-July.
Project manager Gustavo Arvizu of Genivar engineering consultants said time is tight to complete the park at the Water Street parking lot as he presented a schedule Monday designed to achieve precisely that goal.
Arvizu said the first step is to present a proposal next month with a broad concept based on features that won wide favour from the town and public at a series of meetings. And they fall within existing budget constraints, he added.
“It's the last opportunity to make any drastic changes to the design,” he said.
Arvizu said major changes beyond that date would force planners back to square one, raising costs and delaying the start of a long-delayed project.
He said it is essential at the initial meeting to establish the scope of the project and identify key features favoured by the public and council at a series of open meetings.
After the July meeting with council, Genivar will refine the plan and come back to council in another month with a design that is 50 per cent complete, he said.
Further refinements will occur over the next two months to bring the design to 90 per cent completion before a final draft returns to council in the fall.
Updated budget estimates will also be unveiled each step along the way, he said.
An anxious council asked Arvizu if the process could be condensed and tenders issues for some of the preliminary work. Councillor Ray Young said the first question he will hear from residents is, “When is the bulldozer going to be on site?”
Similarly, Councillor Michael Dimopoulos asked if condensing the meeting schedule to every week rather than every month would be possible.
Arvizu said a tighter schedule may be possible, but not to the extent sought by Dimopoulos, and other options to save time will be discussed in a meeting of town staff and Genivar representatives today. The meeting will consider pre-approving local contractors to bid on the work and early issuing of tenders on items such as architectural plans or lighting could help expedite the process.
“That's one of the mutual decisions we all have to make,” he said. “But I believe if we start by fall we shouldn't have a problem meeting a July, 2014 deadline.”
EARMARKS FOR MEETINGS
Engineering consultant Genivar Inc. will first prepare a broad design concept that will be refined in stages at subsequent meetings this summer.
The initial meeting in early July will consider the key components and an overview of the plan for the waterfront park. The design will be 50 per cent complete when council receives new drawings for civil, electrical and architectural design specifics.
One month later, council will be asked to consider specifics such as bench and lighting designs, and features of kiosks and colour patterns. The final meeting will feature a design 90 per cent complete for final approval to issue tenders.