Paul Beyer, left, and
T.J. Byerly, both with the city of Hartford Engineering
Department, work on marking existing utility lines on
West State Street on Tuesday afternoon in Hartford. The
area on West State Street near Johnson Street will be
demolished to make way for an apartment complex.
John Ehlke/Daily News
HARTFORD — Bids were received Tuesday for demolition and
other preliminary site work that could allow
construction of the planned North Bookend apartment
project adjacent to the city’s downtown to begin in the
On Tuesday night, during a special meeting of the Common
Council at City Hall, aldermen unanimously approved
entering into a threeparty contract with Consolidated
Construction of Appleton and Hartford Badger Development
of Milwaukee to build an 82-unit apartment building on
properties at 23-25 W. State St., 33-35 W. State St., 37
W. State St. and 212 N. Johnson St. on the north end of
the downtown area.
Twenty-seven contractors submitted bids for the project,
not all for the entire project, some for just portions.
Because that the lowest bid for the work was tabulated
to be about $501,000.
“Contractors for the project will actually
subcontractors for Consolidated Construction who will be
the general contractor and project manager,” said City
Engineer Jason Schall. “The bid package included the
cost for site demolition and new site construction,
earth work, site restoration, storm sewer, concrete
work, hazardous materials abatement, asphalt pavement
and site security fencing. The highest bid was for about
Schall said the portion bid by the city Tuesday should
be covered by grants the city has received for the
project which total about $649,000.
“However there are still some costs involved with the environmental clean
up. We have to have an environmental consultant on site
doing inspection during the removal of the soil and the
site clean up,” Schall said. “So there will be contract
there that could push the cost up to or above the amount
of grant funds.”
But, Mayor Tim Michalak reminded the Council that the
city’s responsibility for paying for costs related to
the project end when all of the grant funds received for
the project are spent.
“We have no other financial responsibility,” Michalak
“Will the about $53,000 the city has already spent on
the project also be reimbursed? asked Alderman Jeff
Turchi asked. Schall said yes.
Alderman Doug Carroll then asked if the city had set
itself up with issues of long-term liability with the
remaining contaminated soil.
“What do we do with the contaminated soil? Carroll
Schall said the city will have no long term liability
because of the contaminated soil.
“Most of the soil out there has contamination low enough
that it can be left on site and by putting the hard
surface on the top that’s sufficient according to the
DNR,” Schall said. “I believe there is about 1,0001,500
cubic yards that will have to be hauled out and that has
contamination levels low enough where we can transport
it to some of the city owned land in the industrial park
and spread it out there.” He said that practice is also
City Administrator Steve Volkert said some work has
already begun in the North Bookend Project area last
week and this week.
“The development is starting to show some signs of life
as crews look to scope laterals leading to the seven
buildings in the State Street and Main Street block,”
Volkert said. “Crews were working on State Street (last)
week going over different utilities that will need to be
capped prior to the demolition of the existing buildings
which should take place in January. Actual construction
of the new building will start in Spring 2019 with
tentative completion in Spring 2020.”
Bill Bode of Brayton Management in Brookfield and who
has been working with the project’s developer, submitted
a modified plan in September to city officials for up to
82 units in the five story building with underground
parking and covered parking on the first floor. The
structure will be L-shaped and would flank North Main
and West State streets.
Bode said the first floor would include more covered
parking for tenants, a bike shop, offices for the
apartment management personnel and storage units for
each of the apartments. He said the second floor would
include a game room and a fitness area. Drew said even
with adding a fourth floor the building will still be
under the city’s building height restriction of 55 feet.
“We feel it will be very attractive and a good addition
to the city’s downtown,” City Planner Justin Drew said
A multi-family development was identified as one of the
key catalytic projects to spur downtown development in
the city’s Downtown Redevelopment plan which was
endorsed by both the Plan Commission and Common Council.
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