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Aug 12, 2015 10:25 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Rejects Bids For Good Ground Park Phase One

Aug 12, 2015 10:45 AM

The Southampton Town Board voted to reject all bids for the first phase of the Good Ground Park project on Tuesday, saying the costs were more than double what was anticipated, a temporary setback for a highly anticipated undertaking in Hampton Bays.

According to Deputy Supervisor Frank Zappone, the town will work to clarify several portions of the bidding notice before resubmitting it at the next Town Board meeting on August 25, which would push the projected start date from mid-September to mid-October, he said. The project could be awarded to a company in mid-September.

“It really doesn’t mean much of anything except that we will rebid the project,” Mr. Zappone said of the town’s rejection of the four bids submitted the first time around. “When we looked at the bid documents, we saw that perhaps some of the bids were higher than expected because the document was not as precise as we would have liked.”

Plans to revitalize downtown Hampton Bays have been in the works for years, and are meant to culminate in expanding Good Ground Park. The estimated $4 million project will be centered on an amphitheater and several playgrounds and trails in the 36-acre park.

Phase one of the project will include installing utilities, building the amphitheater and playgrounds, and putting in a road to allow access to the park and parking, plus paving, landscaping and signs. Eventually, a new boulevard, providing a setting for stores and 150 new parking spaces, also will be added to connect Main Street to the stretch of new businesses and park.

The project will be partially funded with a $943,000 grant from the State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Empire State Development Office. A $1.9 million bond was authorized in December for the first phase of construction, and the grant money will be used to pay down the bond.

According to Mr. Zappone, none of the submitted bids met the Town Board specifications. He said that the lower bids—while still over budget—failed to include portions of the proposal and were incomplete.

“The worst-case scenario might mean a month or so of delay in awarding the contract,” he said. “But I don’t think this will have any significant impact on the proposed timeline.”

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This project is a boondoggle. I can't wait until it's complete and all the homeless and drug addicts have a centralized location to congregate.
By HB90 (163), southampton on Aug 12, 15 6:42 PM
Well at least they wont be smoking crack under the train bridge
By chief1 (2784), southampton on Aug 12, 15 10:28 PM
I can't wait to see the project completed. About time Hampton Bays got something nice. As for Negative Nellies' comments regarding homeless and drug addicts, I say if you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem. If you think Hampton Bays is alone in having to deal with social ills, you need to get out more.
By hbz (7), Hampton Bays on Aug 13, 15 3:42 PM
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when is all this work going to begin ? anyone know when the cpi project is going to start. its like we had this 10 year fight and then nothing happens not even an article in the paper ???
By Erin 27 E (1261), hampton bays on Aug 13, 15 7:32 PM
I didn't know Hampton Bays had homeless drug addicts smoking crack-I never saw them
By westhamptonboy (227), Westhampton on Aug 13, 15 9:05 PM
Yeah the CPI project is really moving along- the whole canal area looks like a boarded up ghetto, garbage everywhere- Looks just like the Gowanas canal in Brooklyn. Isn't there a town board member from H Bays? Glinka? Wake the eff up and do something about this dump. Its a disgrace - this is what everyone sees as they drive into town.
By PoliticallyIncorrect (45), earth on Aug 15, 15 7:33 AM
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The town hired a consultant to write up plans , and specifications. Maybe the expert can explain why the prices were double.
By chief1 (2784), southampton on Aug 16, 15 10:41 AM
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