This M&C recommends the award of a Professional Services Agreement with MV Engineering, Inc. for the design of sidewalk improvements along Crockett Street, Morton Street, Bledsoe Street, Norwood Street, Currie Street and Foch Street in the West Seventh Urban Village. City staff has been working closely with the West Seventh Stakeholder Group, an informal group of property owners, business owners, and neighborhood leaders, to identify opportunities to improve pedestrian safety in the West Seventh Urban Village. Stakeholders identified sidewalk gaps and other pedestrian safety needs in the very active pedestrian area between West Seventh Street and Lancaster Avenue, west of Carroll Street and east of University Drive. Based on the identified need for pedestrian safety improvements in this core area of the West Seventh Urban Village, staff proposes to expend a portion of the 2014 Urban Village Bond Program funds on the design and construction of sidewalks, crosswalks, ADA curb ramps, lighting, and other pedestrian safety improvements.
The 2014 Bond Program includes $6 million for pedestrian street enhancements in urban villages. The City Council appropriated $4.05 million in 2014 Urban Village Bond Program funds to implement complete streets improvements along Race Street and Sylvania Avenue within the Six Points Urban Village. There remains just under $2 million of these bond funds for use in other urban villages a portion of which is expected to be recommended for allocation to this area.
A portion of this project will include 2014 Bond Funds. Available resources within the General Fund will be used to provide interim financing for these expenses until debt is issued. Once debt associated with this project is sold, bond proceeds will reimburse the General Fund in accordance with the statement expressing official intent to reimburse, that was adopted as part of the ordinance canvassing the bond election (Ordinance No. 21241-05-2014) and subsequent actions taken by the Mayor and City Council.
M/WBE OFFICE – MV Engineering, Inc., is in compliance with the City's BDE Ordinance by committing to 15 percent SBE participation on this project. The City's SBE goal on this project is 15 percent.
This project is located in COUNCIL DISTRICT 9.