Village parking structure to undergo repairs this summer

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published June 26, 2019

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Visitors to the Village who use the parking garage should be prepared for upcoming work on the structure that might impact where they park.

During a June 17 Grosse Pointe City Council meeting, the council voted unanimously in favor of a low bid from Pullman SST Inc. to undertake concrete repairs this summer on the structure, at a cost of $122,697.50. Public Service Director Pete Randazzo said the city “received and opened” the two bids it got for this project on May 28.

Pullman “did repairs (on the structure) five years ago” during the City’s first series of maintenance work and repairs, Randazzo said. Work this time includes joint sealing, restriping some curbs and other work, he said.

The project came in lower than the budgeted amount of $200,000, Randazzo said.

Work is expected to start around July and will likely take five to eight weeks to complete, he said. Randazzo said the City is asking Pullman not to take up more than 50 to 75 parking spaces during this project, and City staffers will coordinate with them “to minimize inconveniences.”

Nonetheless, Village visitors need to be aware of the project.

“It won’t be fun, but it’s needed,” City Manager Pete Dame said.

The City’s consultants with Rich & Associates recently evaluated the parking structure and said it was time for repairs to be made. Randazzo said Rich & Associates also recommended a contingency of 40% because there is a “greater chance of unexpected” costs and conditions on a project like this. As part of its vote, the council agreed to a contingency of $49,000, but City administrators said that on a concrete repair project, the contingency is typically 10%.

“If it’s more than 10%, we will come back to you,” Dame told the council.