City Looks for New Bid For "Avenue of the Columns" Project
COLUMBIA - The city of Columbia is looking to rebid the "Avenue of the Columns" project at Monday night's city council meeting. The project to remodel downtown between Eighth and Walnuts streets began in 2005, but an early bidder learned the project price would be higher than early estimates. Now the city is looking for a bidder who won't underestimate the costs.
The original project plan had renovations from Avenue of the Columns on Walnut street running south along Eighth Street all the way to the columns on the University of Missouri campus. Right now, the main focus is on the area north of Broadway to Walnut Street. Boone County National Bank is looking at getting a bronze medallion put outside of the bank on the corner of Eighth and Broadway. Along with it, a new plant bed and bench would be put in a circle that would be designed on the corner. The ramps up against the street would also be redone, and the sidewalk along Broadway would have trees put in.
Now the project is estimated at $625,400. Three property owners have contributed to the cost, donating a total of $228,112. The city already set aside $201,600 for the project, but still needs to cover the remaining $195,000 in costs. Nothing will be voted on Monday to approve the project. Citizens will give their input on the plans.