Chappaqua Infrastructure and Streetscape Project

In 2013 the Town Board released an RFP for design and construction services to develop and implement a comprehensive infrastructure (water, sewer, stormwater, and roadway improvements), landscape design, and streetscape improvement plan for the Chappaqua Hamlet. WSP was contracted by the Town to provide designs for the Town Board to consider.

On March 25, 2014 the New Castle Town Board engaged WSP USA (formerly WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff) for a fee of $636,572.98 to undertake all phases of a comprehensive infrastructure and landscape design plan, which includes sanitary sewer, storm sewer, and water main design, landscape, lighting and street characteristics design as well as the design of roadway improvements.

The project included development of conceptual and final design plans, construction plans, bid documents, implementation, and construction administration. The New Castle Town Board accepted the final design plans for the improvements to be made to the sewer and water systems, the re-routing, replacement and flood-reduction measures related to the stormwater system and the associated improvements to the sidewalk and streetscape attributes and the roadway improvements and officially released a bid to conduct the work

On April 21, 2017, the Town of New Castle conducted the scheduled and publicly noticed bid opening for the Downtown Infrastructure and Streetscape Project and received five bid proposals ranging from $14 million to $19 million as compared to project planning estimates of $10.5 million. On May 9, 2017, the Town Board voted to award the Downtown Infrastructure/Streetscape Project to ELQ Industries, Inc., a construction company located in New Rochelle, NY as they were the lowest responsible bidder with an estimated cost of the specific sanitary sewer improvements of $1,454,342.00, the water improvements of $2,870,682.00, the storm sewer improvements of $2,263,981.00, the streetscape improvements of $4,367.580.00 and the roadway improvements of $2,763,870.00 for a total project cost of $13,720,455.00. Town Staff, working with the Town Board were able to work with ELQ Industries to scale back the project in regards to the extent of the geographic area of the streetscape improvements as well as scaling back specific types of streetscape details, including the elimination of the irrigation system for the streetscape trees and plantings, in order to reduce the estimated project cost to $11.6 million. The Town of New Castle has committed to funding the $11.6 million project through various sources of money (sewer and water fund balance) and through the issuance of bonds to ensure that the project can be completed.