In the first image below, the red annotations indicate what has been removed from the design. In the second image, the green annotations indicate the changes. (Click on the images below to enlarge.)
Whitehouse explained the reason why bids were much higher than anticipated: "People are now bidding downstate prices on concrete"—the concrete needed for the foundation of the stonework. On the bright side, Anderson pointed out, that, since the primary goal, as established by Mayor Kamal Johnson, is to have the project completed by Winter Walk 2021, reducing the amount of "fine masonry work" will reduce the time needed to complete the project.
Whitehouse and Anderson pointed out that the average bid on the project was $1.8 million. The changes in materials are estimated to reduce the cost of materials by $754,139 and the overall cost by $987,181 (since none of that fine masonry work will be needed), bringing the cost of the project down to less than $1 million. There are some "Add Alternate Options," should some wealthy individual or entity feel generous: $150,000 could bring back the granite sett plaza, instead of the scored concrete now being proposed; $150,000 could being back the stone block benches, now completely eliminated from the plan; $20,000 could bring back the bluestone paver bands; $50,000 could bring back the limestone plaza border; $20,000 could bring back the spray loop, instead of the less expensive ground spray now being proposed for the splash pad in the playground.
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