Carmel Redevelopment Commission OKs funds for upgraded Monon and Main façade, scale model of city’s core

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The Carmel Redevelopment Commission met Sept. 19 to increase a contract for design elements at Monon and Main, approve a contract for a scale model of Carmel’s central core and more.

What happened: The CRC amended a contract with David Rausch Studio for design of the south façade of the Monon and Main project.

What it means: The scope of the project has increased since the original contract was approved to include expanded site work, landscape design and additional schematic design. The amendment increased the contract from $30,000 to $45,000.

“The scope of that project has grown to make sure that what we build is truly fantastic,” CRC Director Henry Mestetsky said at the meeting.

What’s next: The CRC tabled awarding a bid to construct the façade project as all bids came in higher than expected. A decision is expected to be made in the coming weeks.

 

What happened: The commission approved a contract with Kittworks to construct a scale model of Carmel’s central core to be displayed at the CRC’s office.

What it means: The three display tables will cost $3,600 with individual magnetic 3-D model buildings ranging in price from $300 to $850 each. Mestetsky said the finished product will be used as an economic development tool for the city.

What’s next: The project is in the early planning stages, but more details are expected to be released as it takes shape.

 

What happened: The commission approved a resolution outlining the structure of the Hotel Carmichael public-private partnership and the role of the CRC in the project and authorized the CRC president and executive director to execute certain documents related to the project.

What it means: With the 122-room, $41 million project going out to bid, numerous contracts related to the hotel are near but not yet in their final state. While all CRC contracts are shared with the public when executed, the resolution streamlines the approval process by allowing the CRC president and executive director, with input from the CRC finance committee, to finalize and execute the contracts as long as they are in line with the resolution instead of requiring the CRC to formally meet to authorize each one.

What’s next: Construction on the hotel is expected to begin later this year.

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