Lincoln Boulevard To Be Resurfaced, Michigan Avenue Parcel To Be Sold

Friday, 26 Apr 2013, 9:10:00 AM

Parimal M. Rohit

Quite a bit of money will be exchanged at City Hall, as

Santa Monica’s Council members approved a $2 million-plus contract to resurface

a portion of Lincoln Boulevard and a $4 million-plus sale of a city-owned

parcel on Michigan Avenue.

Council members at their Tuesday meeting unanimously

approved both agenda items.

Sully-Miller Contract Co., which is based in Brea, CA,

was awarded the contract to oversee the Lincoln Boulevard Resurfacing Project.

According to City staff, that project “would resurface the roadway and perform

related maintenance repairs, install video detection at five signalized

intersections, and update the pavement striping and markings to current

standards.”

Four bids were submitted to City Hall, with

Sully-Miller’s proposal winning out. The company will receive $2,010,872 for

the project. Funding will come from City Hall’s allocation of Surface

Transportation Program-Local (STPL) funds and Federal Earmark funds.

“Under this project the contractor would resurface the

existing asphalt pavement on Lincoln Boulevard from the Santa Monica Freeway to

the southern City Limit, near Ozone Avenue,” City staff stated. “In order to

mitigate congestion and construction related traffic impacts along this busy

transportation corridor, staff recommends that the paving and striping work

would be performed at night between the hours of 8 pm and 6 am, Monday through

Friday, consistent with established traffic control and lane closure guidelines

for Lincoln Boulevard.”

All American Asphalt, PALP doing business as Excel Paving

Co., and Hardy & Harper, Inc, also submitted bids, according to City Hall.

Staff said construction is expected to commence the week

of June 3 and continue through August 16.

Council members also approved an agreement with the

Exposition Construction Authority to sell city-owned property at 2525 Michigan

Avenue for $4,076,835. The 19,389-square feet of land would be used to

construct the City’s eastern-most Expo Line station at 26th Street and Olympic

Boulevard.

The property was acquired in 1989 as part of a nine-acre

parcel in a deal with Southern Pacific Transportation Company.

According to City staff, the property “is located along

the northern portion of the City-owned site, adjacent to the light rail line.

It is semi-rectangular in shape.”

“Expo filed a condemnation to acquire the property

quickly, and took possession on December 6, 2012,” City staff added. “The light

rail station construction required the demolition of two existing structures on

the site. Demolition of the buildings occurred on January 28, 2013.”

Both City Hall and Expo hired independent appraisers “to

determine the property’s fair market value.”

City Hall’s appraisers deemed the property to be worth

$4,435,000, including temporary construction easements.  However the Expo

Authority’s appraisers said the property was valued at $3,718,000. A settlement

of $4,076,835 was ultimately agreed upon “as fair compensation for the

acquisition.”

Council members also approved as part of its consent

calendar a contract modification for $1,370,805 with ICF Consulting Services,

LLC, to provide groundwater monitoring, well installation, technical oversight,

and support services for the Olympic Well Field.

All three consent calendar items were bundled together in

one vote.

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