Source: Grosse Pointe News Online

Lot work will finish by Fall

by Brad Lindberg Staff Writer

June 27, 2013

CITY OF GROSSE POINTE — A block-long municipal parking lot in the Village is being reconstructed during the second half of summer.

Work on Lot 2 is scheduled to start after July 4 and mostly finish by Labor Day.

The lot is located north of Kercheval between Notre Dame and St. Clair.

In addition to resurfacing, a gated payment system replaces individual parking meters.

“The new lot design accomplishes the long-term goal of converting major Village parking lots to a new revenue control system similar to that of the Village parking structure,” said Gary Huvaere, City of Grosse Pointe public service director.

Gated lots free motorists from penalties of overstaying meters.

Such systems also benefit city revenue by eliminating the opportunity for people to park without putting money in meters.

“This new system will allow people to park as long as they wish to stay and shop, eat and do business in the Village without the possibility of meter tickets,” Huvaere said.

A $1,167,777 construction contract for the job was awarded this month to Pavex Corp. of Grosse Isle.

The company’s bid beat two competitors seeking up to $84,365 more.

“I recommend the contract be awarded to Pavex,” said Patrick Phelan, of the city’s engineering consulting firm, Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick. “I did a thorough check of references to come to a recommendation.”

“The cost of this project is slightly less than the $1.2 million budgeted in the parking fund capital project budget for fiscal year 2013-14 (beginning July 1),” Huvaere said.

Construction includes:

brick enclosure for a trash compactor located in the back of the lot off of Notre Dame,

lot lights matching decorative streetscape fixtures on Kercheval,

improved drainage,

decorative brick fencing along Notre Dame and St. Clair and

extending Kercheval streetscape treatments up the east side of Notre Dame and west side of St. Clair.