- Published on Wednesday, 31 October 2012 13:57
- Written by Super User
The new Oceanfront Park on Atlantic Avenue in downtown Kure Beach is nearing completion. Earlier this month the Kure Beach Town Council voted to extend the project completion date by two weeks for minor issues.
By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
KURE BEACH - It's been a long time coming, but the new Kure Beach Oceanfront Park is nearing completion. Earlier this month the Town Council voted to extend the deadline for completion by two weeks upon the request of the second contractor hired to build the project.
Jim Dugan gave a brief update to Council regarding the project at their October 16, meeting. Dugan said the contractor, Landmark Corporation, requested a two-week extension until the beginning of December, "Because the road was going to be the last project and there is equipment that is required" to remain on the road such as an office trailer and stored materials prior to installing pervious paving blocks in parking and crosswalk areas and repaving the road surface on Atlantic Ave from K Avenue to L Avenue.
Dugan said after meeting with the Architectural firm and reviewing the wiring system, a number of problems had to be resolved. He said, "At the end of the day it looks like there should not be any glitches as far as the wiring goes. We are waiting to get a final date for the roofing of the main structure. The restrooms are being built up on the outside. They are putting on shingles now."
Dugan said, "I can't begin to tell you how many positive comments we've had on the boardwalk."
The old boardwalk along the oceanfront on Atlantic Avenue was replaced and now includes oceanfront swings and benches.
The projected began construction in July of last year.
The Town Council terminated the original contractor - Wayne Laws - Integrity Builders LLC - in December 2011.
The Town worked with their insurance bonding company to determine how the project would be completed and agreed upon a new contractor, Landmark Corporation of Johnston City, Tennessee, in April of this year.
Unacceptable work on the site was removed.
The project consists of an open-air pavilion for concerts and other events, public restrooms, small playground for tots, walking path, swings and benches.
The park site is located at 105 Atlantic Ave in the heart of the Town and across the street from the ocean. Also as part of the project, the boardwalk from K to L Avenue has been replaced and four wooden platforms extend from the boardwalk towards the dunes. The platforms have swings for viewing the ocean. A fifth platform is an ADA conforming viewing area.
A storm water infiltration system will be installed on the park site along with rain gardens and a cistern. Atlantic Avenue will be repaved and pervious pavers will be added in the parking areas. According to a previous release from the Town, "The Town Council envisions the park site as a way to preserve beach front property for the public and enhance the quality of life for the citizens and visitors for generations to come."
The original contractor, Wayne Laws - Integrity Builders LLC - explained last year there were issues with the project and he modified the plans. Because he didn't request change orders from the Town, he would be responsible for the cost of repairs.
In addition to other issues, the Town claimed the concrete poured for the pavilion was uneven and would cause ponding of rainwater.
They took issue with the quality of workmanship on the wooden boardwalk and crossovers.
Laws said of the concrete finisher, "It's not the best finish job I've ever seen" and said he was willing to do whatever he needed to do to take care of it.
The Council discussed alternative solutions but after multiple meetings, no resolution was reached.
Laws later filed suit against the Town. That case is still pending.
The Town purchased the former Rolling Surf Motel property in 2007 for $3.6 million.
The old hotel was owned and operated by the late former Kure Beach Mayor Betty L. Medlin. Later it was sold out of bankruptcy and eventually became the center of a debate as to whether or not a developer could build single-family homes in the downtown business district. After many months of legal wrangling, the Town decided to purchase the property when it was put on the market for sale.