Accessibility improvements planned around new Grosse Pointe Rotary Tot Lot

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published September 22, 2020

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Parking around the newly renovated Grosse Pointe Rotary Tot Lot at Elworthy Park is going to get some improvements that are in keeping with changes at the tot lot.

City Manager Pete Dame said the City plans to install Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible sidewalk ramps around the tot lot, a handicapped-accessible parking space on St. Clair Avenue and two handicapped-accessible parking spaces on Waterloo Street, one of which will be van accessible “with a concrete landing platform in the right-of-way to allow for wheelchair loading and unloading.”

“Part of the greatness of the new tot lot is it is compliant with ADA,” Dame said during an Aug. 17 Grosse Pointe City Council meeting via Zoom. “The parking around it is not.”

The tactile sidewalk ramps are designed to guide those with vision challenges, while the new handicapped-accessible parking spaces will allow those with mobility challenges to more easily access the tot lot.

Dame said the City plans to use the last of its Community Development Block Grant funds — $20,000 from the 2019-20 cycle — toward this project.

City Councilman Donald Parthum Jr. moved to “approve the recommendations of the city engineer” from Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick Inc. in favor of a low bid to undertake the project by Detroit-based JB Contractors Inc. JB Contractors was one of two firms to bid on the work. Because Dame said the City recently purchased signs that can be installed for the new handicapped-accessible parking spaces, $900 from the low bid can be removed, reducing the cost from JB Contractors’ original bid of $25,886-$24,986.

R. Ryan Kern, a senior project engineer with AEW, said that JB Contractors “has completed sidewalk replacement programs, concrete pavement repair programs and small-scale concrete street reconstruction projects throughout southeast Michigan,” and he has found their work “to be of good quality and completed in a timely manner.”

The council voted unanimously in favor of the low bid.

Work is expected to be undertaken as soon as the City receives environmental clearance from Wayne County, which is one of the requirements for using CDBG funds.