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Crestview City Council approves contract negotiations for Main Street overhaul

The Crestview City Council on Monday approved contract negotiations with Bullard Excavation Inc. on a $7.2 million downtown revitalization project. The proposed renovations aim to improve roadways, sidewalks and lighting […]

Downtown Crestview Redevelopment Rendering. This is conceptual only and subject to change (City of Crestview)

The Crestview City Council on Monday approved contract negotiations with Bullard Excavation Inc. on a $7.2 million downtown revitalization project.

  • The company, based in Andalusia, Alabama, was the sole bidder on the Crestview Main Street Roadway Improvement project to overhaul six blocks of Main Street in the city’s downtown area.

The proposed renovations aim to improve roadways, sidewalks and lighting along Main Street between U.S. Highway 90 and Industrial Drive. Plans also call for 91 new parking spaces, widened sidewalks, crosswalks, benches, bicycle parking and other upgrades to make the area more pedestrian friendly.

While Bullard Excavation’s $7.2 million bid exceeded the amount budgeted for the project, city staffers requested approval to negotiate a pared-down contract that fits within existing budget allocations.

  • The project is to be funded through $2.5 million in half-cent sales tax revenues and a $1 million state grant, for a total budget of $3.5 million in the 2024 fiscal year.

City staffers indicated that after negotiating a contract, they likely will return to the council to request consideration of additional funding.

The downtown overhaul is intended to transform the central business district into a more vibrant and aesthetically pleasing area for residents and visitors.

5 Responses

  1. We need roads and no more feel good junk or housing!! Quit raising taxes for this feel good crap. Lets work on roads 1st!!

  2. So, the city plans to throw away the last renovation project–and the grant money that was used for it and the personalized brick pavers sold to folks–to cut the number of parking spaces on Main Street in favor of parallel parking vs. head in parking. What a waste of money. Government waste exists at all levels. So sad.

    1. Perfect example of when someone needs to know history so as not to repeat it. Once upon a time, downtown had parallel parking but changed it. Now they want to change it back. Don’t fix what isn’t broken.

  3. So only one bidder? The one bidder came in over budget and still got approved. Seems odd that one bidder is also a family member related to the Crestview City Council Member!

  4. We need more roads first, we are to much people now in crestucky, out there is ridiculous traffic on the 85

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