Geneva 3rd-tier parking deck back on track

Published: Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

GENEVA – The third tier of the parking deck at Geneva's Metra parking facility is back on track, as aldermen voted recently to approve a contract with a parking consultant company.

Geneva aldermen earlier had rejected three bids for being $1 million over what was budgeted for the project.

"The city's action to reject all bids back in May yielded positive results," Mayor Kevin Burns said. "We are happy to announce that construction of the third tier will commence in spring 2014."

The City Council approved an engineering agreement with Walker Parking Consultants, of Elgin, to rebid the project. It would add about 180 parking spaces and provide construction administration services.

Walker Parking designed the original structure, officials said.

The $3.3 million project is being funded by a Metra grant agreement, officials said. The city will pay Walker $49,600 for the services and be reimbursed by Metra, officials said.

Metra also is requiring a separate consultant for the full-time construction inspection of the work, officials said.

Bids will be opened at 11 a.m. Jan. 14, according to the city's website.

According to Walker's proposal, construction is expected to be completed in five months.

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