Miamisburg set to vote on first phase of riverfront park plan

Construction is expected to start next month on the first phase of plans for Miamisburg’s Riverfront Park.

The park on the Great Miami River is seen as a key component of downtown redevelopment for the city and starting on the initial part in its $10 million master plan is a significant step, said Miamisburg Mayor Dick Church Jr.

“I think it’s very important that people start seeing that there’s movement afoot to get this project underway,” he said. “I think it’s going to show our citizens that we’re very serious about it.”

Church said he expects Miamisburg City Council tonight to award a contract to Double Jay Construction, one of nine firms to submit proposals for the work, which focuses on the park’s entrance.

Double Jay’s total bid of $284,691 was more than $5,000 below the second lowest of the proposals the city received and was recommended by City Engineer Bob Stanley. The Englewood construction firm has been in business since 1979 and has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

A memo from Stanley states he expects to work to begin in March and be completed by the end of June. Phase I is being financed by $203,000 Ohio Department of Natural Resources grant and city funds. June 30 is the deadline to have the project completed in order to use the ODNR grant, Miamisburg City Manager Keith Johnson said.

The first phase of the eight-part plan, documents show, will include:

• Creating an entryway road as a terminus to Central Avenue;

• Removing a section of Central Avenue west of the project area;

• Creating a center island, hardscape and landscape;

• Changing sidewalks to make them ADA compliant.

“Pedestrian access to the park will be enhanced by the addition of the gateway arch, brick paver entry plaza, landscape areas and sidewalks,” according to Stanley’s memo, which notes landscaping work will be done by the city.

The park was home to about 60 events last year as the city expanded the types of gatherings there. Miamisburg officials see it not only as a place for community events but as a site that can attract non-residents to the city.

The project’s cost was the main reason city council last year approved a revised master plan, cutting costs by roughly half with changes that included first two phases, among the most expensive in the version adopted in 2008.

Changes also cut the green space from about 10 acres to nearly 8.5 acres, but added more than 100 parking spaces, city officials said.

Church said the city will “continue looking for other sources to complete” the park.

“Every time I get around that the powers that be – either at the state or federal level – I’m talking Riverfront Park with them,” he said. “We’re going to continuing pushing and looking for those partnerships out there that’s going to complete the park.”

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