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Redevelopment Commission Updated on Projects

December 19, 2013


12/20/13 Members of the Plymouth Redevelopment Commission met this week and were updated on several projects. 

Plymouth’s Utility Superintendent Donny Davidson told members the Pine Water Treatment Plant Improvement project’ “Continues to drag on.”  He said, “I’m a bit disappointed with the contractor and engineers.”  He explained that there is an issue with the control panel and communication seems to be the problem.  He was hopeful that having the $86,000 retainer will help expedite the situation.

Davidson also updated members on the Pioneer Drive Lift Station project.  The control panel has been installed but an attempt to bypass the pump caused an issue and a problem with the discharge piping was discovered.  The superintendent said he hadn’t expected the issues and was not yet ready to make a recommendation.  He will report his findings to the commission at their January meeting. 

City Attorney Sean Surrisi updated the River Park Square Project.  Last Thursday was the final regular construction meeting with Michiana Construction.  He said, “There’s not a whole lot to be done.”  The brick pavers in the entryway will not be placed until early spring once the ground is not frozen.  As soon as the lighted sign from Burkheart arrives it will be installed.  Mike Delp from Michiana Contracting said they are waiting on NIPSCO to get the gas line to the restroom installed.   Once completed and the heat is on the floors can be stained and the baseboards placed.

There have been some discussions on having sod placed in the area of the Farmers’ Market.  Originally planned to be seeded in the fall, the project wasn’t far enough along to get it in place for a good solid base.  Michiana is gathering pricing for sod and will present those in the near future.     

Mike said they are hoping to have the utilities switched over to the city once the gas line is in place and they are able to fire-up the furnaces and make sure everything is working. 

The shell building in TIF District #3 is progressing.  City Attorney Surrisi said they are currently getting the final design work in place and will break ground in the spring.  A 10 foot deep wet bottom drainage pond on the property will take care of storm water and it is hopeful that the soil removed will be suitable as fill to raise the building site grade two feet due to flood plain restrictions.