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Cost of Commons rebuild increases by $2 million

Cost of Commons rebuild increases by $2 million

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Ithaca city lawmakers voted Wednesday to add another $2 million to the price tag of rebuilding the Ithaca Commons.

City officials say the money is needed after they received only one bid for the third and final phase of construction, which allowed the bidder to charge a high price.

Mayor Svante Myrick said pushing the project deadline back would only increase costs.

“I have no confidence that delaying this project will bring the costs down,” Myrick said. “My fear is that delaying this project, particularly delaying it  into the winter and into next year, is only going to drive the cost further up.”

The added costs of the project have also forced the city to remove several design elements of the project, including the water fountain feature and the playground.

Project Manager Michael Kuo said that’s forced them to deduct certain elements from the project.

“As information started to come in that are cost estimates were getting higher, we started to talk about a list of items that could be carved out from the project while still maintaining its integrity.”

The final phase of construction will last through November.

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