The cost of two major projects underway in Auburn continues to climb. Auburn City Council will vote on Thursday on a pair of change orders authorizing additional funds for the Genesee Street paving project and the Equal Rights Heritage Center.
The first awards nearly a half million dollars more to F. Rizzo Construction for additional paving, sewage, water and drainage and sidewalk work associated with the paving project.
The change over to mandatory back in parking on Genesee Street in downtown Auburn was scheduled to begin tomorrow, however the switch is not expected to happen until either Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.
Council will also vote to pay an additional $101,000 to nArchitects for additional project needs at the Equal Rights Heritage Center. This is the fifth change order coming before council since it awarded $1 Million to the Brooklyn-based design firm last year. If the order is approved, the city will have added almost $400,000 to the original contract.
There is also a vote to authorize a call for bids for the 2018 CDBG Sidewalk Program. The cost of repairs to sidewalks on State, Cottage and Seymour Streets is set at $170,000. If there’s money left over a number of trees in the work zones could be removed. All of the funding is provided through the Community Development Block Grant Sidewalk Program and requires no City funds.