City Council approves contract extension on riverfront project

The Columbus City Council approved a request from the city’s redevelopment commission to amend a contract with consultant Hitchcock Design Group. That is for an additional $54,500 to take care of additional design work on the Riverfront Project.

Heather Pope is the city’s director of redevelopment. She explained the request during last month’s redevelopment commission meeting.

DNR expressed concerns about in-water installations once the low-head dam is removed between the Second and Third Street bridges. State officials insisted on changes to the plan, resulting in cost overruns and slowing down progress.

Pope adds that this request takes the overall cost of this portion of the project over the $500,000 spending limit placed on the redevelopment commission, thus requiring city council approval.

Council voted 6-0 to approve the request at its meeting Tuesday night.