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Low bid paves way for Route 19 garage construction.

Byline: J.P. Ellery

WARREN - A base bid of $1.44 million is within the town's budget to build a much-sought-after highway garage off Route 19.

"There's a little bit of leg room (in the bid)," Scott D. Charpentier of Lenard Engineering Inc. of Auburn, consulting engineers on the project, said after bids were opened Wednesday afternoon at Shepard Municipal Building.

Voters last October approved spending $1.7 million for the facility. A low bid of $1,446,791 was submitted by Forish Construction Co. of Westfield. There are add-ons to that bid of $48,312 for the first of two alternatives, and $4,000 for the other alternative, plus $47,000 for masonry and $96,420 for plumbing and heating. That brings the total Forish bid to $1,642,523.

The first alternative calls for adding a garage bay to the planned five-bay building, and alternative two is for a lesser-priced roof, Mr. Charpentier said yesterday.

He said the submission by Forish has since been checked and it is the low bid.

The Westfield company, after a formal bid award by local selectmen, plans to begin construction before the end of next month, according to Mr. Charpentier, with the garage "substantially finished" and ready for occupancy by Dec.15.

The apparent second lowest base bid was submitted by Gardner Services and Industrial Services Inc. of Chicopee at $1,544,000. That was followed by base bids of $1,633,150 by Construction Dynamics of Fitchburg, $1,698,989 by A.R. Green & Son, Inc. of Holyoke, $1,797,000 by R.A.C. Builders, Inc. of Agawam and $1,998,800 by Kinsmen Corporation of Hooksett, N.H.

The garage and road salt and sand storage shed will be built on 7.25 acres of town land off Route 19 (the Brimfield Road) near St. Paul Cemetery.

For about 15 years, the town has debated such construction, with voters turning down a prior plan.

The present highway garage is on leased property off Albany Street in West Warren, a site that for years has been deemed inadequate, lacking room for expansion, and environmentally risky because of its proximity to the Quaboag River.
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Date:Jun 29, 2007
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