Slow start, but A.F. revitalization underway

The American Falls downtown revitalization project is getting underway, but there are many things left to settle before large scale demolition and then construction begins.

The recent discovery of needed paperwork that will delay full-scale construction has tightened the schedule of the project by nearly a month. Crews will begin prep work sometime before the end of the week with surveying and cutting around sewer covers and water valves. The bulk of the work is slated to begin on July 8.

As part of the preparations, general contractor DePatco has scheduled a scheduling meeting for Thursday, June 27, at 2 p.m. in the city council chambers to set the definitive starting schedule for the project.

Also in response to the shortened time frame, DePatco will be mobilizing a larger number of workers to meet the substantial completion deadline of November 11.

At a city council meeting on Monday, June 24, Mayor Marc Beitia announced the date of the first community construction meeting.

“I cannot see how a project of this size can be accomplished without a very large amount of communication. We will be holding weekly construction meetings every Thursday to communicate with business owners and residents what we will be working on in the coming week. The first of these meetings will be on Thursday, July 11, at 10 a.m. in the council chamber,” said Beitia.

Assistant Project Manager for DePatco Nathanial Clinger said the company is committed to completing the project on time. He also acknowledged that the construction process creates disruptions for everyone.

“We want to get as much information out there as possible so that people know what to expect. People don’t like the process of construction; we just want to get through this because we know people also enjoy the final result,” said Clinger.

For more information about the downtown revitalization project contact American Falls City Hall at 226-2569.


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