Bid for transit building at Regency Mall comes in at $14 million

The city has acquired the old Regency Mall movie theater and an adjoining tract for its new bus barn, Thursday, June 9, 2016, in Augusta, Georgia. FILE/STAFF

Plans to construct an $18 million transit administration and maintenance building at Regency Mall move forward Tuesday with a bid award going before an Augusta Commission committee.

 

The project, to go on the former Regency Theater site now owned by the city, has been on hold since a June procurement resulted in a single bid transit officials said was too high. Since then the dormant mall site, which is privately owned, has become Mayor Hardie Davis’ controversial pick for the site of a new civic center.

The low bid opened last month for the bus building and the chosen bidder for construction is Reeves Young LLC, formerly Reeves Contracting Co. Sugar Hill, Ga.,-based Reeves Young offered a bid price of $14.375 million for the project, beating out Augusta-based McKnight Construction and Woodstock, Ga.’s Astra Group, both of which bid more than $1 million more.

The 32,000-square-foot building, set to replace a 1993 transit building on Fenwick Street being sold to the MCG Foundation, will use environmental sustainability features such as a “large green area” replacing asphalt mall parking, water-efficient plumbing and bus washing with recycled water, and is expected to open in late 2018, according to the agenda item. Equipment, furnishings, architects and project managers bring the total project cost to $18 million.

The project, which would be the first new construction at the mall site in decades, is 80 percent federally funded, with the remainder of $2.875 million to come from one percent Transportation Investment Act and special purpose local option sales tax collections, according to the agenda item. A call to Transit Director Patrick Stephens was not returned.

Other items going before commission committees Tuesday include:

- An increase in the utility relocation cost for a new roundabout at Druid Park Avenue and Laney-Walker Boulevard from $849,328 to $1.04 million

- A design services consulting bid award to Hussey Gay Bell for $1.14 million to enhance the operational efficiency of intersections at Wheeler Road and Robert C. Daniel Parkway, Barton Chapel Road at Gordon Highway and along Wheeler between Interstate 20 and Augusta West Parkway.

- An update from Administrator Janice Allen Jackson on interdepartmental efforts to address blight and littering with a request for an assistant code enforcement position and code coordinator for the Richmond County Marshal’s Office.

Reach Susan McCord at (706) 823-3215 or susan.mccord@augustachronicle.com.

 

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