City prepares to wrap up Harbor Walk construction, move forward with downtown revitalization work

By Ben Holbrook | Jul 08, 2014

Belfast — City officials were briefed on the status of the Harbor Walk and the remaining work that needs to be completed, as well as an update on the Downtown Revitalization Project Tuesday, July 1.

While the major construction on the Harbor Walk has been completed, City Planner Wayne Marshall said construction and installation of three kiosks — one at the Boathouse, one at City Landing and one near the Armistice Footbridge — still needs to be done; way-finding signs need to be constructed and installed; approximately 18 signs need to be prepared and installed; bollards need to be stabilized; some plantings need to be replaced; a light near the Boathouse needs to be removed; improvements to the east side of the footbridge need to be revisited; some clean up work, such as mulching, mowing, weeding and watering must be done; and the city is monitoring three locations along the Harbor Walk that are washing out.

Marshall said the city heard from several people concerned about how unstable the wooden bollards are that used to prevent vehicles from driving on the Harbor Walk. To address the issue, Marshall suggested retrofitting the bollards with a base to make them more stable.

He said the city is continuing to monitor three areas along the Harbor Walk — two near the tugboat property and one near the stairs leading into Steamboat Landing — where the gravel is washing out from underneath the path. He said the city contacted the Belfast Water District to determine if there is a broken pipe in those areas.

Marshall said he has spoken with MaineEarth, the project contractor for the Harbor Walk, about the proposed improvements on the east side of the footbridge. He said the contractor is interested in doing the work, but does not believe the original $82,000 estimate will cover the scope of work. Marshall said the city could negotiate with MaineEarth on a price to do the work, or pursue other contractors. He noted the work would be completed by the end of October.

Downtown Revitalization Project

The city chose to re-bid work for the Downtown Revitalization Project after drawing interest from only a couple of contractors. After re-bidding the project, Marshall said two additional contractors showed interest in the project.

Bids for the work were due by July 8, which will give the planning office time to review them before bringing a recommendation before the council during their July 15 meeting. Marshall pointed out that work on the project will be partially completed this year and then finished in 2015.

He also asked councilors to look at a temporary light pole installed outside of City Hall and provide feedback as to whether they feel it is appropriate for a section of the downtown that will be renovated as part of the Downtown Revitalization Project.

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