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New lighting to be installed in Village parking structure

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published December 17, 2019

GROSSE POINTE CITY — A project in the Village parking garage is expected to pay for itself in just a few years.

At the recommendation of administrators, the Grosse Pointe City Council voted unanimously Nov. 18 in favor of a low bid from St. Clair Shores-based Eco-Green-Energy LLC of $44,528.75 to replace lighting in the Village parking structure. Eco-Green-Energy was one of nine bidders for the project.

Public Service Director Pete Randazzo said that the City’s consultants with Rich and Associates recommended lighting replacement. Randazzo said the lighting replacement bid is lower than the project cost estimate given to the City by Rich and Associates.

Because the new lights will be LED, Randazzo said operation costs will be reduced; he said the City is expected to save at least $7,000 per year with these lights. As a result, the new lights will pay for themselves in a few years.

Randazzo said Eco-Green-Energy has “significant experience” with projects like this one, having installed LED lighting fixtures for Grosse Pointe Farms, Ford Field and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, among others.

“Eco-Green is using a Cree light fixture that is recommended by SES, the parking structure’s original engineer. … The proposed and recommended LED lights are whiter and brighter than the existing lights, which will enhance the feeling of security and provide better clarity for security cameras in the facility,” Randazzo said.

The City is also slated to receive $6,093.08 in rebates from DTE Energy for installing the more energy-efficient lighting, Randazzo said.

Mayor Sheila Tomkowiak asked how long these new lights are expected to last. Randazzo responded that they should last about 20 years.

“Anything that’s going to pay for itself and be (environmentally friendly) is good for me,” Tomkowiak said.