DDA OKs second stage for Fulton Street

July 21, 2012
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Members of the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority recently agreed to enter into phase two of the reconstruction of Fulton Street. This stage will involve streetscape improvements east from the Grand River to Division Avenue along one of downtown’s main thoroughfares.

City commissioners are expected to vote on the matter this week.

The work will involve planting trees, replacing broken concrete and adding bike racks, tree grates and a few benches.

The Grand Rapids office of O’Boyle, Cowell, Blalock & Associates Inc., a landscape architect and land-planning firm based in Kalamazoo, designed the project. Katerberg-VerHage Inc. was the low bidder and will manage the work.

The project is expected to cost up to $143,000. The DDA will pick up $108,000 of the tab and Parking Services will cover the remaining $35,000. The plan is to finish the project by the time ArtPrize gets underway in September.

The resurfacing of Fulton Street began in May at a cost of about $793,000. Federal grants of $290,000 went to the work. The city’s Street Capital Fund contributed $305,000 to the project, while the DDA committed $200,000 to it.

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