Clear Lake City Council took significant first steps towards reconstructing the commercial alleyway located on Buddy Holly Place.
Clear Lake City Council met on Monday night to review the proposed renovations to the alleyway behind the buildings on the 600 block of Buddy Holly Place. The City Council unanimously approved the professional services agreement put forward by Veenstra & Kimm Inc., meaning preparations toward construction will begin immediately.
The alley in question is located east of Buddy Holly place, with the alleyway connecting Sixth Avenue North and Seventh Avenue North. The alley serves multiple businesses situated in the 600 block of Buddy Holly Place, including Images Photography, Clear Lake Chiropractic and those in the Executive North Office Suites.
The city has deemed the renovations to the alleyway necessary due to the continuing deterioration of the alley’s surface, which has led to significant drainage problems. The reconstruction aims to repave the entire alley with the use of 6-inch-thick PCC paving. The alley will decrease in size from 20 feet wide to somewhere between 16-18 feet because of utility poles the city is unable to move.
The project’s cost is estimated to be around $80,000, with no more than $10,000 of the total cost going toward the professional services agreement. The funds for this project are a part of the $300,000 that the city of Clear Lake set aside for alleyway reconstruction.
An initial concern raised by businesses that use the alleyway was the timeframe of construction potentially taking place over the summer, so a fall construction date was settled on in part because of those concerns, according to Jason Petersburg, the project engineer with Veenstra & Kimm Inc.
“We have had some conversations with some businesses there [Buddy Holly Place] and June and July is not a good time to be tearing this alley up... so this schedule will likely be well received by the businesses there,” Petersburg said.
Businesses that share this alleyway will not be re-assessed for the reconstruction.
Aug. 2 is the expected date for a contract to be selected for the project. Construction is scheduled to begin on Sept. 7, lasting just over a month, with a planned completion date of Oct. 15.