Ludington to amend fire station architect agreement.

October 23, 2017

The proposed Ludington Fire Station on Tinkham Ave.

Ludington to amend fire station architect agreement.

LUDINGTON — When it meets tonight, Ludington City Council is expected to approve amending its contract with architect Kendra Thompson for architectural services of the new fire station. While the city already approved a contract with Thompson, the council’s agenda is calling for an amendment to that contract. Originally, the city had planned to hire a construction management company, Christman Company, for $80,500. The city has now decided to use a general contractor for services such as overseeing construction activity and the bidding process.

The amendment will call for Thompson to perform the additional services at an increased rate of $103,400.

“It is the city’s understanding that once the city council approves this amendement, Rural Development will authorize the city to seek construction bids,” City Manager John Shay wrote in a memo to Mayor Kay Holman and the city council. “Once the bids are received, the city can determine if the bids are within the project’s budget, which will determine if the city will sell the existing fire station property to the downtown developer and proceed with the construction of the new fire station.

During a March 2017 city council meeting, it was announced that the station would cost an estimated $1,979,676.

The Ludington Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Nov. 8 to consider rezoning the land that is slated as the future site of Ludington Fire Department at 930 E. Tinkham Ave. The current site is zoned as limited commercial with adjacent properties zoned as limited commercial, and residential 2 and 3.

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