In 2020, Q. Grady Minor & Associates, P.A (Grady Minor) was hired to provide professional services for future street lighting and pedestrian safety improvements along South First Street (from Main Street to School Road/Seminole Crossing Trail).
This work included feasibility studies and conceptual plans for the purpose of relocating existing decorative light poles, considering the future street lighting and pedestrian safety improvements. Additionally, it included reviewing and providing recommendations for the location of new pedestrian crosswalks, and the location of new landscape and hardscape elements. Estimated construction costs and long-term maintenance costs were included with the feasibility studies.
In 2021, Grady Minor provided the final Conceptual Plan Report that recommends the installation of Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons at the three crosswalks and 11 additional Collier County Traffic Operations light poles. ICRA Staff had coordinated with Collier County Traffic Operations and Public Transit during the development of the conceptual plan and their input was reflected in the final conceptual plans.
Staff applied for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in February 2022 and the $250,000 grant was conditionally awarded in April 2022.
On June 28, 2022, Community and Human Services (CHS) processed the grant agreement between the Collier County Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and the Collier County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) for CDBG funds. The agreement was approved by the Collier County BCC on June 28, 2022. The grant agreement for design was approved by the CRA (BCC) board on September 13, 2022, for the CDBG $250,000 grant. The formal notification from HUD was provided on December 9, 2022, that the environmental review had been completed and authorized the CRA to proceed with the Solicitation for request for proposals. The Solicitation process was initiated for the design of the construction plans for this project.
Kisinger Campos & Associates (KCA) was selected for the design of the project and KCA provided a revised proposal on June 22, 2023. A Work Order was executed on June 28, 2023, and on July 20, 2023, a Notice to Proceed with Purchase Order was issued with a commencement date of July 21, 2023.
he survey work was completed September 15, 2023 by T2, KCS’s subcontractor. and they will begin the CAD work. The 30% design plans are due on November 23, 2023, for review by the County. The Grant period ends on April 30, 2024.
Having 100% design plans will allow this project to be considered shovel ready and will better position the CRA to leverage funds with other funding opportunities for construction.