City Awards Contract for Amphitheater Oversight

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The city has entered into two additional professional services agreements with local architect Paul Ricciuti.

One agreement calls for Ricciuti to oversee architectural and engineering work at the site of the city’s proposed amphitheater for a period retroactive to April 1 and ending July 31, 2018. Ricciuti will be paid $165 per hour up to $50,000 over the term of the agreement, which was approved by the city’s Board of Control Thursday.

Landscape architect firm MKSK, Columbus, is the main architect on the amphitheater project but Ricciuti will act as the city’s “eyes and ears” for the work, Law Director Martin Hume said.

Additionally, the city will pay Ricciuti a flat fee of $10,000 to provide supplemental design services relating to the programming and design of the city health department’s offices at the City Hall Annex, in support of the project’s primary architect. That includes any necessary revisions to the city’s request.

Ricciuti already is contracted with the city to review costs related to the city’s economic development grant program, specifically grants from the city’s water, wastewater and environmental sanitation funds. He also is reviewing work and costs for the Stambaugh Building hotel project.

The board also approved extending the existing agreement with JAC Management Group LLC to provide food service management services at the Covelli Centre.

The city’s existing concessions contract with JAC, which also manages the Covelli Centre for the city, expired Dec. 31. Since then, JAC has handled concessions at the arena on a month-to-month basis with the city.

In June, City Council moved to committee two pieces of legislation that would have awarded general management and concessions management to JAC to receive more information before taking a vote. Council has a special meeting scheduled for July 27, during which members likely would take up the agreements.

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