The Ardmore Main Street Authority is set on transforming downtown into a hub for foot traffic and is taking steps to meet that long term goal.
Two bidders for the construction of the Westheimer Plaza were considered during AMSA’s board of trustees meeting Oct. 19. The project includes construction of the plaza, structures, grading, drainage, electrical, landscape and irrigation for the streetscape on Main Street between B and C Streets NW.
AMSA Chairman Todd Yeager said Schiralli Construction, Wilson, had the favorable bid of the two, and AMSA will likely award the bid to Schiralli. The other bidder was an unnamed company out of Oklahoma City with a substantially higher bid.
“They have a good relationship with them, and they’re satisfied with their work, so what we’ll do now is contact the Westheimer Foundation and say, ‘This is what we have,’” Yeager said. “And we’ll go from there.”
AMSA General Manager Jeff Dimiceli said Tuesday the start date on the construction of the Westheimer Plaza is “still in limbo.”
Originally, AMSA intended to have the Westheimer Plaza project pair with the city’s streetscape project, which will make improvements to downtown infrastructure. But coordination wasn’t possible because Schiralli was not the low bidder for the streetscape project.
Chairman of the Economic Vitality Committee for AMSA Mark Wainscott also touched on attracting high-demand businesses downtown with packets compiling information on city contacts, grant information and more.
While the guide packets are still in their “infant stages,” according to Wainscott, they will offer a wealth of information meant to entice businesses into investing in the Main Street area.
Unorthodox yet popular events, such as the Wine Walk two weeks ago will help bolster this effort, Wainscott believes.
“Our mix of businesses is critical to having a good downtown,” Wainscott said. “We’re going to try to help make businesses accessible and help them do things.”