West Waterfront Project Out to Bid

With the design-work finish line in sight, Sturgeon Bay’s West Waterfront project was expected to be sent out to bid by the end of this week. 

The design phase was 95 percent complete as of last week, according to Marty Olejniczak, community development director.

“Now we’re fine-tuning to place it out to bid for the contractors,” said Thad Majikowski, an engineer for Cedar Corporation – the company that developed the plan with architectural firm SEH – during the Common Council’s July 7 meeting. 

Advertising for bids was scheduled for this week, with the bid opening anticipated between Aug. 10 and 13. Cedar Corporation would make the bid-award recommendation in time for the Common Council’s Aug. 18 meeting. Majikowski said they’re hoping to have answers from the Department of Natural Resources on the environmental review by the end of July – preferably before the bid is awarded. 

Phase II work, shown in the blue shaded area, includes the walkways and concrete work, the paving, the grading where the park area is, and leveling out and filling the contaminated areas. Cedar Corporation drawings.

The plan retains the tugs along the waterfront while creating public access and viewpoints and providing a prominent connection among spurs of the public waterfront. The city debated for years whether it could have both a working waterfront and public access – a debate that the nearly completed plans have now concluded. 

The public viewed design options during a Feb. 10 public open house. Tweaks to the design have allowed for emergency access for the granary and Door County Maritime Museum. 

“Everything else has stayed the same,” Majikowski said.

The work will be done in phases. Phase I would happen this year and includes everything below grade, such as the water service, the electrical and the foundation for the overlook and walls. Phase II would pick up in 2021, including the walkways, concrete work, leveling, grading and paving. 

The request for bid proposals will contain an alternate that allows a contractor to do all the work in 2021 rather than breaking it into phases.

“That’s an alternate we’re going to have out there to entice better bids for the city,” Majikowski said.  

The council voted unanimously to send the project out to bid after asking a few questions and making a couple of suggestions, such as rounding out the angular lines of the promenade to create the look of a meandering river bed. 

The promenade project has an estimated price tag of about $900,000. A state grant would cover $457,000 of that cost.