The city awarded a $722,344 contract to an engineering firm on Tuesday night for engineering and design of the Quarry Lawn and River Walk project at the Great Falls National Historical Park.
Municipal officials awarded the contract to Engineering & Land Planning Associates, Inc. of High Bridge for engineering and architectural services to design the improvements at the former Allied Textile Printing (ATP) site.
Five firms submitted bids for the project. Engineering & Land Planning Associates provided the “most advantageous price,” according to the award resolution.
Economic development director Michael Powell said the firm will produce designs for the project and prepare architectural documents. He said the firms will produce construction drawings that will allow the city to bid out the actual work.
Council members approved the award without opposition.
The contract is being funded by Green Acres grant money, according to the awarding resolution.
Mayor Andre Sayegh announced the $4.23 million rehabilitation of the ATP site in Nov. 2018. No contracts had been awarded until Tuesday night.
The state’s Green Acres Fund and the National Park Service are each providing $1.8 million for the project. New Jersey Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund is contributing $450,000 for environmental remediation at the site. The City of Paterson is contributing $150,000 and the Passaic County government is pitching in $30,000, according to municipal officials.
Project is slated for completion in mid-2020, said officials at the announcement press conference last year. An official situated the Quarry Lawn, which is adjacent and contiguous with Overlook Park, downstream of the Great Falls, for the almost 100 people that attended the event.
The 6.5-acre site had 30 structures that have been damaged by a series of fires.
Once the project is finished, visitors will be able to go on a river walk that starts at Overlook Park, eventually forming a half-mile loop trail along both north and south banks of the Passaic River crossing over at the historic West Broadway bridge and the Wayne Avenue bridge.
The project is the latest step in the process of building the Great Falls National Historical Park, designated in 2009. Previously, municipal officials celebrated the completion of the Mary Ellen Kramer Park and the Overlook Park. The park attracted 308,000 visitors in 2017, according to the National Park Service.