Albertville proceeds with big intersection project

Mall of Entertainment expected to present at Aug. 7 meeting

The Albertville City Council signed off on a $274,000 project that will add dedicated turn lanes and raised medians at the County Rd. 19/57th Street intersection.

The council also heard that the proposed Mall of Entertainment will make a presentation to the City Council at its Monday, Aug. 7, meeting.

INTERSECTION

City Administrator Adam Nafstad updated the council regarding the County Rd. 19/57th Street intersection improvements, specifically a motion to accept the low bid.

“The proposed improvement project was advertised and on July 11 bids for the improvements were opened,” Nafstad said in his memo. “A total of two bids were received with proposals ranging from $274,736.44 to $313,427.”

The general project components include the addition of dedicated turn lanes and raised medians on 57th Street NE, and the addition of dedicated left arrow signals, flashing yellow arrows, replacement and relocation of the signal controller, the addition of pedestrian crosswalks, and accessibility improvements at the pedestrian ramps.

Nafstad identified the following key issues:

• Low bid for the project is $274,736.44.

• Low bid Received by Omann Contracting Companies, Inc.

• Currently the signal at County Rd. 19 and 57th Street NE does not have dedicated left turn lanes or left turn signalization for 57th Street NE traffic.

• Improvements to the intersection are needed to improve safety and efficiency of the intersection.

Nafstad said the proposed project would be funded through capital reserves identified through Municipal State Aid Streets. Omann’s low bid does not include the overhead costs associated with surveying services or construction inspection and testing. Overhead and construction contingencies are estimated to be approximately 15% of the construction amount.

The council approved Omann’s low bid for the project. Completion is anticipated by the end of October.

MALL

In other news, it was reported that the proposed Mall of Entertainment is expected to present to the City Council at its Monday, Aug. 7, meeting.

According to the developer, Black Forest LLC (moemn.com), the Mall of Entertainment will feature “a world-class entertainment venue in Albertville that will feature an interactive indoor waterpark, an exploration-based out of home adventure, a Sony Pictures Entertainment Back-Lot edutainment experience and a 275 room Marriot Hotel and convention center.”

Black Forest said the project will be “a special place where parents and children go to spend time together while they play, jump, climb, explore, and learn about our world through the incredible and often breathtaking experiences.”

The project has been in the making since spring of last year, but not much action has taken place since.

“We have received the draft AUAR (Alternative Urban Area-wide Review) and have met with the development team,” administrator Nafstad said in his memo. “The development group has asked for a special meeting, but schedules have been difficult to coordinate; it is planned that the item will be presented at the first meeting in August.”

At the previous council meeting, councilor Rob Olson asked Nafstad if staff has seen any plans, and Nafstad said they have seen some preliminary plans, but nothing has been officially submitted.

TOWNE LAKES

In further news, the council reviewed the amended development agreement for Towne Lakes Sixth Addition, located north of I-94 and east of County Rd. 19.

Towne Lakes Sixth proposes 42 townhomes and six single-family homes. A Planned Unit Development (PUD) was needed for reduced front yard setbacks, and a variance was needed for a reduction in spacing between buildings for the townhomes.

Staff said the home designs would follow the current Towne Lakes architectural standards.

The council did approve the development agreement.