Ocoee seeks civil engineer to design redevelopment of downtown streets

The City of Ocoee is seeking a civil engineering firm to help design the redevelopment of some downtown streets, part of a $45 million capital investment program for Downtown Ocoee, according to a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) published on Sunday.

The engineering firm would design a number of street redevelopment projects in the downtown, including:


-- Taylor Street between McKey and Franklin streets, with a roundabout at two intersections each with a gateway structure;

-- realignment of Kissimmee Avenue away from the parallel railroad track from Floral Street to McKey and Taylor streets, in order to move the Taylor at McKey roundabout away from the railroad crossing;

-- reconstruction of Oakland Avenue from Taylor Street to Lakeshore Drive;

Insight on how the city's high bond rating gives it the opportunity to pursue a capital infusion that would kick-start work on its downtown redevelopment.

-- reconstruction of McKey Street from Bluford Avenue to Lakeshore Drive;

-- and possible reconstruction of the intervening block of Lakewood Avenue between McKey Street and Oakland Avenue.

The contract will also include the work needed to build a major gateway structure at the intersection of Bluford Avenue and Geneva Street, as well as West Orange Trail connection from the S.R. 429 interchange on Franklin Street to the northern Taylor Street roundabout. Design templates were derived from the Ocoee Downtown Master Plan, adopted by the city last October.

Responding firms must be experienced in providing design services for projects of this scope. The city intends to award one contract.

The downtown improvement projects will be funded primarily by $25 million in new capital improvement bonds, which the city commission approved resolutions for in March.

Applications for RFQ no. 1705 are due by 2 p.m. on May 23. Details can be found on the city's Purchasing Division webpage.

The city is also in the process of selecting an architecture firm to create design criteria for a new City Hall. That finalist choice has not come before commissioners yet after bids were due April 4.

On April 18, Ocoee's city commission awarded S&ME, Inc., with the design services contract for Lakefront Park, a $4.72 million project to redesign a downtown park that includes the demolition of City Hall in its second phase.

S&ME's design services fee for that project is estimated at $350,000. GAI Consultants and Murray Design Group were ranked below the chosen firm.

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