By Jane Smith
The last phase of the Boynton Harbor Marina will start in July.
Mike Simon, assistant director of the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency, gave that update in April to his new board. Three were just elected as commissioners who also sit as CRA board members.
Simon provided a visual tour of the marina’s progress to date. The slip reconstruction project, tower entry feature and the harbor master building were completed.
He called the final part the Waterfront Open Phase. The old dive shop building was demolished last year and will be replaced with a shaded park for the public with a walking path and seating, roadway realignment, extra parking spaces and other features.
The roadway maintenance will be part of this phase, estimated to cost at least $1.4 million.
“No breach was found in the sea wall. That’s good news,” Simon told the board. “Not having to redesign and rebuild the exfiltration trench (storm water drainage system) is even better news. The project is essentially a maintenance issue, not a complete rebuild of the road.”
Shenandoah Construction vacuumed the trench to remove soils and water, and then did a video scan of the pipes, Simon wrote in the backup provided to the CRA board. No breaks or cracks in drainage pipes were found. Shenandoah will be paid $5,000 for that December work.
Rosso Site Development Inc. did the exploratory roadway trenching in January to provide data on the existing conditions behind the seawall and the subsurface areas around the storm water inlets and the marina boardwalk. Rosso will be paid $4,950 for this work.
The CRA’s engineering consultant used that research data to enhance the design of the vertical support systems of the new boardwalk and seat wall, as well as the roadway project. Revised construction plans were submitted in early April.
Simon hopes to put a bid on the street soon so that the board can select a contractor in June or July.
Construction will take 180 days to complete.
By Jane Smith