A contractor was selected Tuesday to complete the final stage of the Bladen Street beautification project.
Cleland Site Prep of Bluffton was awarded the contract by the Beaufort City Council with the low bid of $579,865.
Five other companies bid, with prices ranging from $612,000 to $955,000.
In 2008, the city spent about $800,000 to improve Bladen Street between Boundary and Duke streets. The first phase took about six months, and the second phase is expected to take six to nine months.
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The city received state and federal grants to help fund the second phase, which will concentrate on the area between Duke and Bay streets. The street will be widened, parking added, utility lines buried, stormwater drainage built, trees planted, street lights installed and more, according to the city's plan.
The original grant application called for additional parking on only one side of the street and a 40-foot right of way. That right of way has been increased to 55 feet to provide parking on both sides, city planning director Libby Anderson said.
The plan also redefines building placement and appearance guidelines and identifies redevelopment and building opportunities.
The Bladen Street project dates back to 2001, when community input was gathered and an initial plan developed. It has undergone several revisions, including recent changes regarding building height and placement on lots.
The goal is to create a more accessible, walkable street through part of the historic district that includes a variety of businesses and restaurants.
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