WARSAW — Plans to repave and construct new sidewalks along North Pointe Drive on the city’s north side are moving along.
The city received state grant money that will cover half of the cost of reconstructing the road between Husky Trail and Mariners Drive. The city will cover the cost of constructing a sidewalk along the entire stretch.
The east end of North Pointe abutts Harrison Elementary and the road is home to clusters of businesses and apartments.
A Community Crossing grant for $251,000 was awarded to the city and announced in late March but requires the city to use it before the end of the year.
The lone bid from Phend & Brown, Milford, was for $605,363. The city had estimated the cost would be about $586,000, but Plan Director Jeremy Skinner on Monday suggested the redevelopment commission approve the bid.
Money to pay for the work will come from the grant, the street department and the redevelopment commission.
The city needs to use the money this year, Skinner said.
“It’s a very short window, but … we get road improvements from the state so we’re not complaining about that,” Skinner said.
The pace of such a project usually doesn’t progress that fast, “but we had some concerned parents and we wanted to address that issue,” Skinner said.
Mayor Joe Thallemer, who attended the meeting, applauded efforts by Skinner and Public Works Superintendent Jeff Beeler for being ready to move the project forward.
In other matters, the redevelopment board took action that moves two other projects forward.
The board approved a request by A&Z Engineering, Fort Wayne, to do preliminary engineering for proposed improvements to CR 150W, just south of US 30. The segment of road has seen increased traffic as the city’s tech park continues to develop. A gas station at the intersection also opened in the past year, adding to traffic. The work would include establishing dedicated turn lanes onto the highway and a road widening along part of 1150W. Skinner said they hope to see the work done in 2020.
The board also extended an agreement with Housing Directions, of Indianapolis, for an upcoming senior housing project in the 800 block of East Market Street. The organization received financing from the state and intends to construct an apartment complex with about 70 units. The site is currently serving as a staging area for part of the on-going reconstruction of Market Street. That road project is expected to conclude later this fall and construction of the apartments will then begin, Skinner said.