News

Cost of Commons rebuild increases by $2 million

Cost of Commons rebuild increases by $2 million

Photo: WHCU

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.

Related:

Svante Myrick Interview with Lee Rayburn on the WHCU Morning Newswatch

Price tag for Ithaca Commons project exceeding initial estimates

Recent Headlines

in Music

Dave Grohl gets a giant throne for first gig back after breaking leg

Fresh
foofighters

The Foo Fighters frontman returned to the stage in epic style.

in Trending, Viral Videos

TODAY’S MUST SEE: Creative dentistry

Fresh
10-overlay2

Hey kids, don't try this at home ... or maybe do, and become Internet famous.

in Music

This week’s top rock tracks

threedaysgrac

LISTEN: This week's top rock songs, according to the latest Billboard chart.

in National, Viral Videos

WATCH: The origin of fireworks

17-overlay

The history behind the July Fourth firecrackers that mark our Independence Day celebrations.

in Viral Videos

Miami judge recognizes suspect as middle school classmate

20-overlay

A man charged with burglary is moved to tears when he realizes he went to middle school with the judge assigned to his case.