NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. – Bid proposals that could offer a low-cost option to an $8 million Northbridge Department of Public Works (DPW) redevelopment proposal will be opened Friday at noon.
The request for proposals seeks facilities located within a mile and a half of the current Fletcher Street DPW that could be modified to meet the needs of the DPW.
An article on the Oct. 23 town meeting warrant asks voters to purchase a building or buildings that could be used for construction of a DPW.
The cost won’t be known until the bids are opened, so at a meeting on Wednesday the Finance Committee postponed its decision on whether to support the warrant article.
Building, Planning and Construction Committee (BPCC) Chairperson Thomas Pilibosian is expected to meet with the Finance Committee on Tuesday. “If the BPCC says they support (one of the proposals) then we’ll have a discussion,” D’Amato said.
DPW Director James Shuris has looked at two possible locations – one on Douglas Road within a half-mile of the current DPW and the other on Linwood Avenue, about a mile and a half away.
The owner of the Douglas Road building has provided Shuris with information he needs to estimate the probable cost to modify the building to the town’s needs. He said he has not received that information for the Linwood Avenue property.
“I expect the chairman of the BPCC to come before us with the result of the RFP and if the recommendation is to purchase a specific piece of property,” D’Amato said.
He would like to see hard numbers and specifications to a location that the Finance Committee can discuss.
The committee will then have to decide the next step – asking voters for funding to modify the building, whether through a special election soon or the spring town meeting next May.
Also on the town meeting warrant, petitioned by residents, is a request for $1.8 million to build a DPW on town-owned property abutting the wastewater treatment plant on Providence Road.
The Finance Committee has asked for professional cost estimates to prove the project could be built for that $1.8 million.