[Mark Foster - For Shaw Media]
BATAVIA – The city of Batavia intends to improve the aesthetics of the raw ground readied for the proposed construction of One Washington Place, eliminate the chain-link fence surrounding the property – and wait for spring.
City officials and Geneva-based Shodeen Construction are trying to figure out how to reduce the cost of the downtown mixed-used redevelopment project. Construction bids came in higher than expected, leaving what Shodeen Construction President Dave Patzelt describes as a $6 million to $8 million gap to be closed.
Excavation on the mammoth apartment, parking and retail building will not get started this year, so the city is going to plan B.
Batavia Public Works Director Gary Holm said the city is seeking landscaping bids on the portion of the site where buildings were demolished to make way for the project. Last spring, the city tore down several structures along the 100 block of East Wilson Street, including the Baptist church, an insurance office, a dentist’s office and the ServiceMaster building.
That portion of the site is to be graded, seeded and covered with a mesh, erosion-control blanket, Holm said. The security fence around the site will be removed, although the foundation for the ServiceMaster building will remain fenced in, he said. The work likely will occur in October.