Lake County Developments

Clermont seeks engineering consultant for $12.6M in new downtown projects

This aerial rendering shows the proposed City Hall Plaza in Clermont, with new covered seating area, expanded stairs and performance space.

The city of Clermont is seeking an engineering consultant to provide planning, design and review services for multiple projects in its downtown waterfront area, according to a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) issued last week.

Clermont adopted a five-, 10- and 20-year master plan in March 2015 which included several projects for its downtown. Those include multiple streetscapes, a City Hall Park, the Clermont Art Walk, Legacy Loop Trail, and new signage and wayfinding.


Improvement projects the city wants to complete total more than $12.6 million in estimated construction costs, and include newstreetscape, landscaping,hardscape, street lighting and more for Phase 2 of the Downtown Waterfront District, which focuses onMinneola Street between 7th and 8th, and 8th Street from Osceola toMontrose streets.

Rendering of the proposed "Meet Us In The Middle" Plaza in downtown Clermont. It would have a dining area with tables, chairs and umbrellas, a "Midpoint Selfie Spot," a lake view seating area, bike parking and more.

The city is proposing creation of a park at the 8th Street Pier named "Meet Us In The Middle Plaza," which will be a demarcation and celebration of the half-way point of the Coast-to-Coast Trail. This project will also include extension of the South Lake Trail (Legacy Loop Trail).


Similar streetscape, landscape and lighting upgrades would be made to Montrose Street between West and Lake avenues, including a portion of 7th Street.

A focal point would also be created at City Hall Park to anchor downtown visitors, and create a destination in the heart of downtown Clermont. Stairs to City Hall will be expanded to create a stage area, and a fountain will be placed to create a visitor focal point.

Shade seating is also proposed outside City Hall. Each of the projects is estimated to cost $2 million or more.

An engineering consultant would be asked to complete contract documents and oversee bidding phase services for the construction of each project.

Services would include necessary surveys, geotechnical study, environmental wetland studies, final engineering design to complete stormwater, utility, grading and roadway plans, structural design, landscape architectural design and more.

GAI Consultants' Community Solutions Group and Toole Design Group have contributed to design of the downtown projects thus far.

Applications are due by Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. to the city's Purchasing Department. An optional pre-proposal conference will be held Feb. 2 at 10 a.m., in the city hall council chambers.

Full documents for RFQ no. 18-015 can be found at the city's Purchasing Department webpage for open bid opportunities.


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