The Imagine Clearwater master plan was created last year and approved by the public in a landslide referendum. It was a major hurdle. Now it’s time for the next stage: designing all the details.
The City is contracting with Stantec, a major design and engineering firm of 22,000 people in 400 locations around the world. The fee for the contract is $834,238. The work will involve eight primary staff and subconsultants over the course of three months (once the City gives the official go-ahead, which should be soon).
The project includes all the designs necessary to complete Phase 1 and Phase 2 of Imagine Clearwater.
There’s a lot to take into account, including traffic, parking, surveying, mapping, easements, demolition, architecture, drainage, wastewater, power, gas, cable, landscaping, tree preservation, art works, playground, lighting, irrigation, water features, restrooms, walkways, marina office, and more.
Here is the official document that shows the scope of the design project: Stantec work order 1-23-18.
Until this design work is completed, the City can’t provide an estimate of when the first shovel (or wrecking ball) will hit the ground or how much everything will cost. The scope of Imagine Clearwater is too vast to make guesses at this point.
So, for now, we can just sit back and wait for the results. Stantec commits to hold regularly scheduled meetings with interested parties and stakeholders during the process, and it stands to reason we will be included. We’ll be watching all of this with great interest.