Kissimmee's plans for the final phase of its Lakefront Park renovation should progress following a review by the City Commission on July 21, and the project's construction manager will pursue subcontractors in the coming weeks for the $8 million to $10 million project.
Preliminary design has passed public review for the 2.5-acre renovation, which includes a new traffic light for the intersection of Neptune Road and Lakeshore Boulevard.
The area known as Brinson Park, within Lakefront Park, is the focus of this final phase and will include new brick streets, wide walking paths and an updated fishing pier, among other amenities. The update is the part of more than $34 million in renovations made to the 18-acre park in Downtown Kissimmee around Lake Tohopekaliga.
If the City Commission approves a 30 percent design plan and the funding to move forward on July 21, development plans can continue by Lakefront Park's project engineer and designer AECOM, and construction manager-at risk Burkhardt Construction Inc.
An updated 60 percent-design and cost estimate would be brought back to the City Commission in mid-September, a point at which Burkhardt will likely have chosen subcontractors needed for all relevant disciplines, said Dan Loubier, director of Kissimmee's Parks, Recreation and Facilities department.
If that 60 percent stage is approved, AECOM and Burkhardt will be allowed to complete the project's design. A guaranteed maximum price would be reported by Burkhardt in early January, Loubier estimates, and construction should start in February or March 2016.