By Joshua Maloni
The Village of Lewiston on Monday accepted a bid from Mark Cerrone Inc. to refurbish the Lewiston Landing waterfront. The Niagara Falls site-contracting and construction company submitted the lowest proposal: $1,599,500.
Engineer Mike Marino said work is expected to begin right away. Mayor Anne Welch said she’s hopeful the waterfront project will be finished by Memorial Day.
The north breakwall below The Silo Restaurant will be raised and brought to a level equal to the rest of the area adjacent to the walkway – about two feet higher than existing. This is to compensate for future high-water levels. Boat dock fingers will float – for the same reason – and two additional slips will be added (for a total of 14). Staggering sizes will range from 24 feet to 30 feet. Other aesthetic amenities and safety features will be added, including a railing, lighting, an Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant ramp to the slips, and enhanced walking paths.
The Village Board’s motion read, in part, “Lewiston Landing … was extensively damaged related to Lake Ontario flooding, which occurred in 2017.” The waterfront area was subsequently declared “a federal disaster.”
As such, “The Village of Lewiston retained Nussbaumer & Clarke Inc. to prepare design documents in order to obtain a construction contractor for construction of the Lewiston Landing rehabilitation. … The maximum anticipated amount to be expended for the project inclusive of construction, construction contingency, engineering design, bidding and construction support, legal and administration is $2,000,000. Funding shall be from (the Federal Emergency Management Agency), insurance proceeds, village in-kind services and bond funds.”
The target total of $2 million includes the $1,599,500 construction bill, a construction administration and inspection services fee for Nussbaumer & Clarke (where Marino is CEO), and 10 percent set aside for unexpected costs that could arise during the rehabilitation phase.
Trustee Vic Eydt said, “This is something we’ve been working on for a year. FEMA and all the different agencies. We’ve finally got to this point. I’m so glad.”
“It has been a long time, but it’s going to be a beautiful project,” Welch said. “Hopefully we’ll see a shovel in the ground shortly.”
“A shovel in the water,” Deputy Mayor Claudia Marasco said.
Marino said, “I talked to Cerrone. They’re certainly qualified. They’ve done similar work, and are eager to get started on it.”
Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours is located to the far south of the village docks. WJBT owner and President John Kinney was in attendance at the work session. He said he doesn’t anticipate construction delaying his company from starting tours in May, as planned.