By Melanie Yingst
February 8, 2014
TROY — Treasure Island maybe be buried underneath a blanket of snow today, but design plans are heating up with the park’s revitalization plans in the works.
According to Patrick Titterington, city of Troy’s public service and safety director, two local design firms have been procured to begin designing Treasure Island Park as part of the city’s proposed Riverfront Redevelopment.
According to Titterington, App Architecture of Dayton has been selected to design both the Marina renovation and a new lighthouse for the park. The Marina and lighthouse have separate design contracts with App Architecture of Dayton.
Replacement of the lighthouse using the original design specifications is part of the design efforts of the project.
“The new feature will replace the one that used to be on the property,” Titterington said Friday.
Garmann-Miller of Minster was selected to design the 20 acres of green space of Treasure Island Park.
“They will be able to give us a concept design to develop land south of the Marina,” Titterington said of Garmann-Miller. Titerington also said surveys of the land will also be done around the Treasure Island area in the spring.
Titterington said the two companies have a combined contract of$110,000 with the city to be encumbered if the project proceeds.
Once plans are finalized, they’ll need to be approved by the board of park commissioners.
Titterington said then the designs will be presented to council and the public in April or May.
According to the city’s budget presentation, the city of Troy has spent $531,000 on Treasure Island Park and its facilities since 1999.
The Riverfront Redevelopment was tabled for the 2014 budget by council in November. Council passed the $125,000 for design of a Treasure Island Marina renovations and its 20 acres of open green space along the river in the 2014 budget.
Treasure Island revitalization efforts is part of a proposed $5 million bond issue of the Riverfront Redevelopment project. The project includes: $125,000 to fund final Treasure Island design; $3 million for Hobart Arena renovations; $1.2 million for Marina renovation; and $.8 million for the creation of Treasure Island Park.
The proposed project also includes an application for $1.3 million grant for a bridge connection from Duke Park to Treasure Island.
Council approved a $75,000 feasibility study for Hobart Arena as part of the Riverfront Redevelopment project which was budgeted in 2013. The feasibility study was awarded to Crossroads Consulting of Tampa, Fla. is currently ongoing.
An Ohio Department of Natural Resources grant was awarded to Treasure Island to build a restroom facility on the property in 2013. The $80,000 grant will build a restroom facility similar to the Miami Shores golf course restroom facility. L. J. Deweese of Tipp City was awarded the contract and will break ground in the spring. According to city officials, the building should be complete by mid-June.
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