Brookhaven, GA, May 25, 2017 – by Trey Benton – The City of Brookhaven awarded Duluth, GA based Multiplex, LLC, a $3,058,005 contract for the construction of a new Skyland Park during their May 23rd Council Meeting. This is the largest park project approved in the history of the City.
“Obviously this has been long awaited,” said Councilwoman Linley Jones. “I think we have all spent a great deal of time before tonight being educated on the plans. They are anxiously awaited by the community.”
The City of Brookhaven received four Invitation to Bid (ITB) submittals from the following contractors:
Brookhaven parks plan consultant, Greenberg Farrow, prepared the park design that City leaders reviewed during their Tuesday, March 28th Work Session. Greenberg Farrow did a “base plan” and an expanded plan showing “add-on / alternatives”.
The purpose of supplying the list of amenity alternatives, was to give the City the opportunity to pick from an “a la carte” menu. The City says the base plan and the alternate plan will both be incorporated in the new Skyland Park. Multiplex was chosen because they had the best price when combining the base plan with the list of alternate amenities.
Last year, the City of Brookhaven negotiated with the State of Georgia and the DeKalb County Board of Education (BOE) to sell Skyland Park for $4.7 million as part of a larger $7.5 million deal that includes the School System purchasing Skyland Center from the Georgia State Properties Commission. That purchase is enabling the DeKalb School District to construct a new elementary school in Brookhaven named after civil rights leader, Congressman John Lewis. The school at this point is slated house 900 students and cost approximately $22 million to construct.
Of the $4.7 million Brookhaven will receive for Skyland Park, roughly $2.3 million will be spent on demolishing Skyland Center and building a brand new park on the property, in accordance with the City’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan.
The remaining $2.4 is to be spent on greenspace and park acquisition in other areas of the City – such as paying the note for the first 5 years on the recently acquired “PDK Greenspace” (which adds up to $1.41 million). That leaves roughly $221,000 of the $4.7 million in proceeds from the original Skyland Park sale amount, for other greenspace acquisitions.
Construction of the new park includes the following efforts:
- Demolition of Existing Facilities
- Site Erosion Control, Grading & Utilities
- Site Hardscape, Landscape & Irrigation
- Restrooms, Pavilion & Site Furnishings
- All Other Work Necessary for the Completion of the Park Project
The ITB says work must begin within 10 days of approval of the contract and all work must be completed within 180 days from the notice to proceed date. Failure to complete the required construction as specified will result in the assessment of Liquidated Damages at the rate of $1,000.00 per calendar day.
For more details, see the bid document below.