Quincy Park Board plans riverfront funding

October 12, 2018

Summary: Convergence Design is part of a team vying for the redevelopment of Quincy, Illinois' riverfront. The Quincy Park District is a lead funder for the project. A TV news story on the interviews can be seen here: https://www.facebook.com/454494278269178/videos/404233263442709/

Park District share of dock project is $4 million

By Herald-Whig

Posted: Oct. 10, 2018 9:15 pm Updated: Oct. 11, 2018 10:21 am

QUINCY -- The Quincy Park District would need approval from voters to sell $4 million in bonds to cover its proposed share of an overhaul of Quincy's riverfront.

The figure is the first official mention on how the potential $6 million project would be split between the Park District, the city of Quincy and Adams County.

Park Board President Bob Gough told commissioners Wednesday that the city and county would each contribute $1 million to the project.

"That's a little higher than we discussed earlier, but the city is going to have to pay for this out of the TIF fund," Gough said, referring to tax increment financing. "They're not going to be able to pay this out of the general fund or anything else."

The Park District has until the end of December to decide if it will seek a referendum next April.

Both the Quincy City Council and the Adams County Board will have until Dec. 6 to provide the Park District with nonbinding resolutions of support for the project.

Gough told the Board that members of the committee reviewing proposals will reach out to the highest-ranked firm, and if selected, it will provide a detailed presentation at the Park Board's Nov. 14 meeting.

"It was pretty impressive, but it's something we need to think long and hard about because this is going to be one of the largest projects we've ever undertaken," Gough said.

Firms were asked in July to prepare the design of a riverfront pier, boardwalk and visitor dock on a 400-foot area of riverfront between Clat Adams Bicentennial Park and the Quincy water treatment plant for a cost of $4 million to $6 million. Six responses were returned, and four groups presented last week to a committee of city, county, Park District, Oakley-Lindsay Center and the District officials.?Presentations were made by Bates Forum of St. Louis; Hitchcock Design Group of Chicago, which teamed up with Quincy firm Poepping, Stone, Bach and Associates; Klingner and Associates, along with SWT Design of St. Louis and Convergence Design of Kansas City, Mo.; and MSA Professional Service of Madison, Wis., in collaboration with Meco Engineering of Hannibal, Mo.

Gough told commissioners that he hopes they ask questions they may have at next month's meeting.

"There are a lot of concerns with the maintenance of this, and I want anybody who is going to vote to put it on the ballot to feel good about it," he said. "If not, it's completely understandable."

Commissioner John Frankenhoff said the Park Board also will need to consider that the project would be a proposed first phase of riverfront development.

"If we go down this road, it's multiphased," Frankenhoff said. "Granted, those phases aren't defined yet."

Scoring of the four design groups have been completed, but how the firms ranked or which firm scored the highest was not released.

The scoring sheets ranked the four firms on understanding of the scope of work, feasibility of the project, organization and presentation, originality and creativity, and strength of the overall proposal.

In an interview, Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore said staff was asked to reach out to the firms where they ranked and for further discussions with the top-ranked firm.

"We'd like to get to a point where we can take some concepts and present them to our board and to the public," Moore said. "Obviously, we need to do something pretty soon."

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