Economic Development

City Approves Amphitheater Contracts as Opening Nears

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The city’s Board of Control approved several contracts related to the Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre and a change order to the contract with the project’s general contractor as work enters the final weeks before the venue’s first event. 

The board – composed of Mayor Jamael Tito Brown, deputy finance director Kyle Miasek and law director Jeff Limbian – approved a net reduction of $184,420 to its contract with Brock Builders Inc., adjusting the total to $7,896,104. 

The change order included an addition of $179,663, mainly for removal of concrete slabs discovered during excavation for the site’s retention pond, said Charles Shasho, deputy director of public works. 

“Even though we dug [the site] 50 times, that one place you didn’t dig you’re going to hit something,” Shasho said at Thursday’s meeting.

That increase was offset by deducting $364,083 for nonperformance when the city decided not to pave a parking lot at the adjacent Covelli Centre – work that was initially included as an alternate item – after the cost was determined to be “a little high,” Shasho said.    

The city’s original contract with Brock in April 2018 was for just above $8 million. Shasho said he does not anticipate additional changes that will make the final cost significantly higher. 

“On an $8 million job, I would fully expect $500,000 to $800,000 of change orders,” he said. “If you keep it under 10% you’re doing good, especially when you have a job like this that’s dynamic.”

Other amphitheater-related items the board approved this morning included paying $12,400 to Bier Pre’s LLC for a cooled beer dispensing system; $10,900 to Zabel’s Restaurant & Equipment Supply for a refrigerated merchandiser, draft beer cooler and sink units; $9,213 to Marcos Promos for 300 polyester low-slung chairs with padded arms, head rests and carry bags for rental use; and a total $23,121 for two contracts with Struthers Chair & Tent Rental for tents and accessories, and fence scrim grommets and hems.   

Shasho said the site should be ready to turn over to JAC Management Group around June 1, two weeks before its scheduled opening. 

In other business, the board approved executing the certificate of completion for redevelopment of the former Joseph Dempsey Steel Co. property. The form certifies cleanup activity funded through the Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund. 

The city acquired the property on behalf of Valloruec, which is using the site for pipe storage near its $1 billion-plus plant in Youngstown, said T. Sharon Woodberry, the city’s director of community planning and economic development. 

Also approved Thursday was the city’s final payment of $25,000 to Youngstown CityScape to support the renovation of the Wick Park Pavilion. The Rotary Club of Youngstown, which spearheaded the project as part of its centennial in 2015, raised more than $350,000 for the project.

Since the renovation was completed last year, the pavilion has seen an increase in rentals as well as city-sponsored programming, reported Dawn Turnage, city parks and recreation director.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.