Progress on the new Convention Hall? Perhaps, but I'm not holding my breath. Read the Press's article here: Cape May receives nine bids for new Convention Hall - pressofAtlanticCity.com
And for more details on the story, read Jack Fichter's story in the Cape May County Herald. Not surprisingly, Jack gets more details:
CAPE MAY — Nine construction companies submitted bids June 3 to construct a new Convention Hall here again exceeding a $10.5 million bond approved by voters with the lowest bid coming in at $11.7 million.
The nine bids were down from down from 11 bids received on March 30. All bids received March 30 were rejected for being too high.
The lowest bid submitted June 3 was $11.7 million from Domus Construction. That included $10.5 million for the building, $700,000 to bump out the Promenade towards Beach Avenue and $505,370 for a geothermal heating and cooling system.
No winner was announced at the meeting. While nine bids were submitted, there are a number of variables.
The bid specifications for a new Convention Hall contained a number of alternatives, items the city would like to have as features of the new facility but not considered an absolute necessity.
Each bidder submitted different figures for all the alternative items which must be considered along with the price quotes to construct a basic building, change the Promenade to accommodate the hall’s location closer to Beach Avenue and to install geothermal heating and cooling.
Remaining eight bidders from lowest to highest were:
* A& E Construction, total: $11.9 million including $10.7 million for building, $760,000 for Promenade and $521,000 for geothermal system.
* Ernest Bocks and Sons, total $12.1 million including $10.9 million for building, $635,00 for Promenade and $525,000 for geothermal system.
* Fred M. Schiavone, total: $12.2 million including $11.4 million for building, $300,000 for Promenade and $521,000 for geothermal system.
* Torcon Construction, total $12.4 million including $11 million for building, $950,000 for Promenade and $500,000 for geothermal system.
* Art Anderson and Associates, total $12.4 million including $11.1 million for building, $700,000 for Promenade and $521,000 for geothermal system.
* Benjamin R. Harvey Co, total $12.6 million including $11.7 for building, $300,000 for Promenade and $600,000 for geothermal system.
*Gingerelli Brothers Construction, total: $13.1 million including $11.5 million for building, $1 million for Promenade and $521,000 for geothermal system.
* Network Construction, total $14 million including $12.8 million for building, $687,000 for Promenade and $521,000 for Promenade.
City Council approved an amended agreement June 1 with architect Kimmel Bogrette for the proposed new Convention Hall for $47,530 to produce specifications for a less expensive facility.
Mayor Edward J. Mahaney Jr. called the Convention Hall project the single largest capital improvement in Cape May’s history. He said the new facility would provide year round recreation and social events for residents and tourists and allow the city to be a destination for conventions and the performing arts.
Cape May’s voters approved the financing to construct a new $10.5 million Convention Hall in an 818-421 vote, Nov. 4, 2008 by a two to one margin.