While construction of downtown Litchfield Park is underway, it has been announced that the project will now be officially called Litchfield Square.
With a 2.5-acre central park, the project is expected to include a mix of retail, restaurant, office and residential space in multi-story buildings on the east side of Litchfield Road, north of Wigwam Boulevard.
At the Town Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on July 13, Woody Scoutten, the town’s engineer, said the project would be divided into four phases, each with amenities to attract locals and tourists alike, like a pond, an event space on the lawn, a clock tower, a playground and a future amphitheater.
Estimated at a total cost of $ 26 million, the project has five categorized guaranteed maximum prices.
“I work with the contractor or CMAR (Construction Manager at Risk) engineer to come up with the most profitable project, then when we’re ready to start construction, the contractor gives us what’s called a GMP. , a maximum price guarantee ”, explained Scoutten. “So it’s a price that won’t be exceeded and that will most likely cost less because there are things in there like contingencies and allowances etc., but we know exactly what it’s going to cost. ”
With infrastructure construction important to the city, as designs are being finalized, financing options are being considered and developers are showing interest, Litchfield Park has contracted with Achen-Gardner Construction.
The first GMP, set at $ 3.5 million, began on July 12. The funds will cover the preparation of the construction site, the installation of the sanitary sewer system, the leveling of most of the site and the cost of ordering long lead-time items.
The second GMP will start on August 16 at a cost of $ 2.5 million. This will include the installation of the water supply and dry utility systems as well as the storm water collector and underground storm water retention system.
The third GMP is when Scoutten said the city will start building streets. The extension, roundabout and related improvements, as well as the first phase of the park, are scheduled to begin on September 20, and are expected to cost $ 7 million.
Scheduled to start in June 2022, the fourth GMP is set at $ 6 million and will include construction of the remaining streets as well as the second, third and fourth phases of the park.
Finally, a fifth GMP, set at $ 6 million, is what Scoutten calls the “finishing touches”.
“These are the things that we don’t need to install right now, but at the end of the day we want to have – things like the clock tower or the memorial items that go into the memorial park, the water feature, some of the main monuments, signage, the second toilet in the park. Things like that, which we will need in the future or would like to have in the future, but will only get there when the board is satisfied that the funding is there to pay for them, ”said Scoutten.
One of the features Scoutten said residents were excited about is the clock tower, which he says will officially be called the Paul Litchfield Clock Tower.
“The clock tower is in the middle of Memorial Plaza. We will have a Blue Star Memorial, ”said Scoutten. “The clock tower would be right in the middle. The initial design for the clock tower was approximately 30 feet tall and would be lit so that there was some effect in the evening. We will be able to spot it from different points of the park and the Litchfield Square district.
“We’ll have some, I don’t know if they’re plaques, but some kind of a way to convey to the people at the base of the clock who Paul Litchfield was and the importance of what he did in this area with cotton farming and Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and all that, ”he said.
Scoutten said the Clock Tower, along with the whole of Litchfield Square, will be a great way to show residents and visitors what the city is and the rich history behind it.
“It is very important to use this project as a way to inform all the people who are going to come here about Litchfield Park and its history, especially with the founder and everything he has done in this area,” he said. -he declares.