Bowman Gray renovation in Winston-Salem takes step forward | Politics

In addition to the approximately $8 million in construction costs, the project includes $710,000 in design costs $237,400 in contingency and $129,000 in other project costs.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has put a crimp in a lot of business activities, it is actually making it easier for the city to proceed with renovations at a time the stadium is not being used.

Rowe said Blum is prepared to start mobilizing for construction as early as November with work on the restrooms and concession stands. Work on the football field would be going on in the spring, and the entire renovation could be finished by early 2022, in advance of the 2022 NASCAR racing season.

In other action, the city Finance Committee recommended that the council award a contract to Garanco., Inc. for the first phase of improvements at Long Creek Park, which the city bought in 2017 with the help of The Conservation Fund.

The property is the former Long Creek Golf Course off Bethania-Tobaccoville Road.

Garanco, a company based in Mount Airy, is doing the project at a cost of $1.5 million. The project is being paid for from the 2018 bonds approved by voters in a referendum.

The improvements planned for the first phase include a market shelter, a pool bathhouse with an expanded concrete pool deck, concrete walks, fencing, stairs and other improvements including a 91-space parking lot and repaving of the existing access drive.

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In Warwick, contractor takes on incumbent Solomon for mayoral seat – News – providencejournal.com

Frank Picozzi, known by more people for his holiday light display than his politics, takes on Mayor Joseph J. Solomon

WARWICK — The origins of this season’s political contest between incumbent Mayor Joseph J. Solomon and challenger Frank Picozzi trace back to the outset of the coronavirus pandemic.

At the time, holiday-style light displays came into vogue; Picozzi, a vinyl-siding contractor, was known throughout Warwick and beyond for his holiday light display.

Of course, people encouraged him to once again deck the halls at his house.

Instead, the former School Committee chairman decorated his truck and took his high-tech light show along city streets.

The tour lasted 34 days. Picozzi says some Warwick residents encouraged him to run for mayor. It was a bit of a joke at first, he acknowledges, but not anymore.

That’s how Solomon, a career politician, also the first Democrat in the mayor’s office in decades, came to face the lighting expert in his bid to win reelection on the heels of his first term (not including his stint as the city’s chief executive following the resignation of Mayor Scott Avedisian).

Solomon says he hopes to continue with a style of leadership that he believes has served the city, attracting new businesses (he cites Tesla and Market Basket) and enough newcomers to cause a housing shortage.

Solomon says he has the management and accounting skills to control costs and avoid tax increases, and that he supports necessary spending on roads and infrastructure, as well as $6 million in additional appropriations to the city’s school system.

Solomon has also touted the city’s standing with rating agencies during his term. Some critics, including Picozzi, say he exaggerated the extent of a cash-flow problem when he first took office

Picozzi, 61, of 75 Gristmill Rd., served on the School

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Maryland Takes Over Hundreds Of Purple Line Contracts After Fallout With Contractors : NPR

The Maryland Transit Administration will now oversee the day-to-day management of the construction of the Purple Line.

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The Maryland Transit Administration has taken over hundreds of contracts for the Purple Line light rail construction, following a months-long battle with the private-partner consortium working on the $5.6 billion project.

State officials announced the news Friday, according to the Washington Post, potentially upending one of the largest public-private partnerships in the country.

The takeover comes after contractors with Purple Line Transit Partners LLC, the consortium of private companies that partnered with the state to develop the line, quit construction over cost disputes with the state — squabbles that had persisted for years. Under the public-private partnership, the state owns the project, but the contractors under PLTP oversaw the build-out of the light-rail, which would connect New Carrolton to Bethesda.

In September, a judge ruled that the contractors could quit amid cost overruns and construction delays, and required them to stay on the job until Sept. 14. On Sept. 23, many crews began packing up.

The disruption now leaves roads torn up and bridges half-built across Montgomery and Prince George’s County. The state and subcontractors will work together to continue working on the corridors in the county over the next 30 days, according to Maryland Department of Transportation spokesperson.

Maryland Transportation Secretary Greg Slater wrote in a statement provided to DCist that the state will now oversee the “day-to-day” management of the light rail (including manufacturing, maintenance, and 233 design and construction agreements), but the move will likely delay final completion — which was originally slated for March 2022 — by years.

In mid-September, following the judge’s ruling, state transportation officials met with Montgomery County councilmembers to assure them that the rail would be completed

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‘There are lots of appliances in the island’: Lauren takes us through her brand new kitchen in Co Meath

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FROM THE VERY beginning of her kitchen design journey, Lauren Harte knew exactly what she wanted.

“I had a very clear vision in my head,” says Lauren, who moved into her new home in Mornington, Co Meath with her boyfriend in April. 

“We were aware that there wasn’t much wall space, so we wanted to make use of the storage and get as much as we could into the island. We have a microwave, dishwasher, bin and sink all in the island.”

As well as maximising storage space, Lauren wanted her range cooker to be a focal point of the room. “My boyfriend is a chef, so cooking is a really big part of our lives. We wanted to make a feature of the range cooker with a really nice canopy.”

Lauren Harte in her new Lyndale kitchen

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With her vision in mind, Lauren went to the Cash & Carry Kitchens showroom in Swords, Co Dublin.  

Cash & Carry was actually the first shop I went into and they had the exact kitchen that I had in mind. I didn’t go to any other shops – that was the kitchen for us.

Here she met with design consultant Alan Larkin, who helped bring her ideas to life. 

“One of the design issues Lauren had is that she went with a double sized Belfast sink,” says Alan. “She wanted the sink to be centred and with what she was fitting in on either side, it wasn’t possible unless we made some alterations to the units. That’s where the chopping boards came into it – they solved the problem.”

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With her new kitchen in place – including a corner seating area –

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MDOT takes over rail contracts from Purple Line contractors

Just weeks after work on the Purple Line ground to a halt in the wake of a bitter, years-long financial dispute, the state Department of Transportation announced on Friday that it has assumed numerous key construction contracts.

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Just weeks after work on the Purple Line ground to a halt in the wake of a bitter, years-long financial dispute, the state Department of Transportation announced on Friday that it has assumed numerous key construction contracts.

The move is the first tangible sign that MDOT intends to make good on its promise to jump-start the 16.5-mile project, despite the demise of the agency’s relationship with the financing consortium, Purple Line Transit Partners, and its prime subcontractor, Purple Line Transit Constructors, last month.

Despite the assumption of contracts, the state’s Transportation secretary insisted that MDOT is “committed” to ongoing negotiations to bring PLTC back to the project. A dispute over nearly $800 million in cost overruns led the firm to exercise its right to walk away with the line partially built.

The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) officially took over the project on Sept. 28. MDOT senior official Matthew Pollack is now serving as Purple Line executive director for the agency.

“MDOT and MTA have assumed the Purple Line’s key contracts and hundreds of subcontracts to continue the delivery of the Purple Line, “ said MDOT spokeswoman Erin Henson in a statement.

She said the contracts assumed by the state from PLTC include light rail car manufacturing, operations and maintenance, 233 design and construction contracts and six commercial leases and licenses.

Last week PLTP entered a forbearance agreement with its lenders, a move that allowed the firm to make a $7.8 million

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