It appears likely that Belmont Center will be quite busy beginning this spring.
Four construction firms have taken out the necessary paper work to bid on the $2.8 million Belmont Center Reconstruction Project since town opened the bidding on Jan. 30.
“This shows there’s interest in the project and that’s good because there will be competitive bidding,” said Andy Rojas, the chair of the Board of Selectmen, who spoke before the Warrant Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 4.
The project, which is the calumniation of five years of planning and debate, is set to improve sidewalks, crosswalks, pavement repairs and add new lighting in the town’s main business hub.
The bidding period will close on Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. The work is expected to begin in March with expected completion on Oct. 31, 2015.
The reconstruction will also allow the town to install a new parking system that includes parking stations along Leonard Street.
The project was approved by a Special Town Meeting in November, using the town’s “free cash” account to fund the work.
While businesses along Leonard Street have been supportive of the project, they are wary that the construction schedule will impact the Belmont Center Business Association’s annual Town Day celebration that takes place in mid-June.
“We will need to discuss this with the town so we can plan for it,” said Gerry Dickhaut of Champions Sporting Goods.