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St. Charles looks for cost savings in municipal parking lot project

ST. CHARLES – St. Charles city officials said they will explore ways to bring down the cost of its municipal parking lot reconstruction project.

The Government Services Committee on Monday voted 8-0 in favor of recommending approval of a construction services agreement with A Lamp Concrete Contractors for the project, in an amount slightly more than $1.035 million. Third Ward Alderman Todd Bancroft was absent.

The initial estimated cost for the project was $830,000, but the bids came in higher than expected, said Peter Suhr, the city's director of public works.

The actual total cost of the project might be reduced by modifying the existing project, such as slightly reducing the landscaping design. A project on Tyler Road also came in under budget in May, so funds might be reallocated from that effort once the final cost is determined, Suhr said.

The municipal parking lot is directly north of the St. Charles Municipal Building, which is located at 2 E. Main St. in downtown St. Charles. The project will provide more green space for residents and visitors, improve landscaping along the Fox River and provide a public plaza for art displays or gatherings, according to the city's executive summary for the recommendation.

The construction services agreement will next go before the St. Charles City Council in July. With full approval, construction on the project might start July 14 and likely be complete by Oct. 3, prior to the start of the Scarecrow Festival on Oct. 10.

Suhr said a memo will be released as early as today that explains the project and what alternative parking options are available. The city also plans to issue press releases about the project as it develops.

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