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Geneva approves shared cost of water main for nearly $62K

Upgrade in water connections to incentivize more development

GENEVA – The city of Geneva agreed to share the cost of installing a new 10-inch water main to incentivize redevelopment at Richards and State Street.

In a memorandum of agreement with property owner 617 State LLC, aldermen voted April 20 to approve nearly $62,000 for the new water main to connect the water mains in West State Street to Peyton Street, officials said.

Art History Brewing, 649 W. State St., is redeveloping that site for a microbrewery, taproom and seasonal beer garden.

Last year, aldermen approved a zoning text amendment to add production brewing to a list of special uses allowed in a business district. That action was followed by their approval of the special use for the production brewing facility at 649-653 W. State St.

A fire suppression system was required, which necessitated a larger water supply to the address, officials said.

The city’s code allows it to participate in the installation of the new water main, officials said.

The funds, $61,861.53, will come from the city’s Water and Wastewater Capital Outlay fund.

The property owner will install and pay for 300 feet of 6-inch water main for a private fire service from the right of way to the building at 649 W. State St., according to the agreement.

The fire service would be connected from the new 10-inch water main, according to the agreement.

“The city would benefit in overall system improvements and may help incentivize new development at Richards and State Street,” the agreement stated. “The parties determined that a public-private cost-sharing arrangement would be mutually beneficial to allocate the costs.”

The city will pay $23,320.50 for the water main and $10,833.10 for parts and materials for the water main from Seventh and State streets to Peyton Street for the first phase, according to the agreement.

The property owner, 617 State LLC, will pay $34,203.60 for the other 50% of that cost.

The property owner also will be responsible for the cost of design and construction of fire service, all interior plumbing, permits and inspection fees, according to the agreement.

The city will pay an additional $27,657.93 for the second phase of the project, which is the installation of the 10-inch water main, according to the agreement.

The property owner provided a letter of credit for $39,335 to be held in lieu of a performance bond.

Havlicek Builders of Geneva will do the work, records show.

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