Written by John Plestina
The Wolf Point City Council was informed Monday, Aug. 18, that a new bidding process for the Wolf Point Village apartment complex will soon begin and that a groundbreaking could still be held this year.
The project appeared to be going forward on schedule when the council approved a call for construction bids for the planned 24-unit rental complex, Wednesday, July 2, but the council rejected high bids earlier this month, nixing a groundbreaking planned for Friday, Aug. 15, and changing the timeline for the entire process that includes bidding, groundbreaking and construction.
The re-bidding process will begin this week with bids due Tuesday, Sept. 23, Great Northern Development Corporation housing specialist and marketing officer Brianna Vine told the council.
“Hopefully we will be able to break ground before the snow flies,” Vine said.
Bids received by the July 31 deadline of the first call for bids were in the $4- to $5-million range, far exceeding what had been anticipated.
The city received a $750,000 HOME grant through the Montana Department of Commerce.
Great Northern Development Corporation is project manager for the city.
Plans are to build four one-bedroom units, 12 two-bedroom units and eight three-bedroom units. Rent will range from $354 to $767 monthly. The apartments will include energy efficient air conditioning, heating and appliances and single-car garages. The complex will include common area with barbecue, gazebo, computer learning center and library.