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April 3, 2013

Council updated on capital projects

MT. VERNON — The City Council received an update on capital projects this week, with reports from City Projects Manager Nathan McKenna and City Engineer Brad Ruble.

McKenna spoke of the Aquatic Zoo, sign ordinance, wayfinding system, branding study findings, the housing program, Ninth Street Streetscape, Continental Rail Spur, former Armory, city energy audit, the Times Square Water Tower and pedestrian bridge, online zoning applications and lists of surplus real estate property owned by the city.

According to McKenna, the Aquatic Zoo, a $5.2 million project, is still on track for a July 4 opening, and is 50 percent complete with all forms in place for the water areas, cement pouring is going on now, and the pump house and concessions are under construction.

The sign ordinance is in the draft stage and 95 percent complete. A second quarter 2013 completion date has been set.

The wayfinding system is near preliminary design completion, with review meetings scheduled for April 17 and 18. The design of the system is set for completion in the second quarter of this year, however implementation has not been scheduled yet.

The branding study has been completed, and the city is in the process of phasing out old letterhead and all departments are using the new logo on business cards. Implementation is estimated at 75 percent complete.

The housing program is in the implementation phase, with planning completed. Marketing material and professional outreach is in its early phases and a housing program website is under construction.

The Ninth Street Streetscape program was awarded to Depew & Owen with construction completion set for July.

The Continental Rail Spur design has been completed, and at this time, construction on hold while the Union Pacific Railroad installs a switch. The $1.15 million project is 100 percent grant funded and expected to be completed during the second quarter of this year.

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