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Tradeport East entrance about 60% complete
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The Liberty County Development Authority met Monday and, among other things, discussed county construction issues.
Negotiations are under way to help pay an extra $77,946 in delay costs for the $1.9 million streetscape, hardscape and irrigation project at Tradeport East business center in Midway.
LCDA CEO Ron Tolley said the entrance project is about 60 percent complete, “so it’s looking better every day.”
IDI, a developer with a spec building in the park and more planned, is obligated to pay half of the $13,574 hardscape costs, but the authority has asked for the developer to help pay the remaining $64,372.
“So we did get a courtesy response from IDI when we told them about delay costs…they would take a very serious look at it and [give] us their consideration,” Tolley said.
He explained other businesses in the park have already been inconvenienced in the delay, so they have not been asked to participate.
By contract, the authority agreed to have the construction complete by August 2007, but bidding did not start until 2008.
Project delays included obtaining easements, utility shifts and conflicting construction from the county’s Islands Highway.
The entrance project is scheduled to be complete by the end of April or first of May.
Overall, the authority has put an estimated $17 million-$18 million into Tradeport East project.
The next LCDA meeting is scheduled for April 27.
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