Orlando is moving forward with the second portion of its $17 million streetscaping project, and for a second time, the cost is coming in over budget.
FOX 35 reported in February that the east section of Church Street would cost $1.3 million more than city engineers anticipated. Now, the city is approving the west section of the project at $1 million more than engineers told the city it should expect to pay. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer told us he is still very excited about the project.
"It's always a challenge when the bids come in higher than what the engineering estimate was, but we'll figure it out."
The city is taking a $17 million earmark from Congresswoman Corrine Brown and changing the street entirely through Parramore. They will add wider sidewalks, landscaping, a bus lane, and bury all of the power lines. Mayor Dyer has often called it a "grand avenue."
"Think about having a just beautiful thoroughfare that stretches from the Citrus Bowl all the way back to the Amway Center through the heart of Parramore. It's a great benefit to the neighborhood and to the businesses," he said.
The city has decided to use stormwater fees to pay the extra million dollars it will cost. Dyer said the city will also use some of the dividends they receive from OUC each year.
"We're able to make use of different sources on funding to complete the project."
The eastern portion, from Division Ave. to Parramore Ave., is already being worked on one block at a time. They hope to complete the entire project by next summer.