City Council awards Capella parking lot work

The Capella parking lot in Azalea Park will be paved. The City Council on Monday awarded the bid to Tidewater Contractors Inc. The work is expected to be completed in time for the Azalea Festival.

Paving the Capella parking lot in Azalea Park has been on the city’s improvement list for some time, but it can now be crossed off.

Brookings City Council approved Monday, Feb. 24, awarding the upgrades project to the low bidder, Tidewater Contractors Inc. of Brookings. Tidewater’s bid was $237,415.

“Glad to see this is coming together,” said Councilor Brent Hodges.

“Yeah, it’s one that has been on that list for a long time,” said Mayor Jake Pieper. “Been spoken about in many, many council meetings.”

Money for the work will come from the city’s urban renewal fund, capital reserve funds and Nature’s Coastal Holiday.

“Nature’s Coastal Holiday has been a great partner,” said Tony Baron, Public Works & Developmental Services Director for the City of Brookings, “has donated thousands of dollars to multiple projects over 20 years that they have been there.”

Nature’s Coastal Holiday has raised $50,000 to date for upgrades to the Capella parking lot, Baron said during his presentation to the council. The group has also funded the installation of eight light poles over the years at a cost of $13,060.

Baron said they expect to have the parking lot ready for the Azalea Festival in late May. The Capella parking lot is accessible off of North Bank Chetco River Road and is also used by visitors to the Capella By the Sea facility. Azalea Park is located at 640 Old Country Rd., in Brookings.

In his staff report, Baron noted that this was one of four phases of work related to the reconfiguration of the Azalea Park Ball Fields that have been completed over the past five years. Phases 1-3 were done with grant money totaling $870,232 and city-required matching funds.

Last year the city attempted to get a grant from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department for the fourth phase, which included the parking lot and development of a picnic shelter near Kidtown but were unsuccessful.

Dyer Partnership completed the design of the Capella parking lot for $54,502, which was paid from the city’s capital reserve fund.

In other matters Tuesday, the council proclaimed March Monarch Butterfly Awareness Month in Brookings; held three public hearings and amended three subsections of its municipal code; approved Tropicalia Brazilian Cuisine liquor license application; and approved giving $500 from the transient occupancy tax fund to Southern Oregon Climate Action Now to market its Earth Day 2020 event.

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