The City of Columbus is already advertising for bids this week to build the new Commons, even though the results of a remonstrance to block its construction are not yet known. Although signatures are still being counted, President of the City Redevelopment Commission Tom Vujovich said the city moved on the bidding process for the sake of time. He said the city is not attempting to predict the outcome of the remonstrance.
“We’ve already lost 90 to 120 days of time as a result of the remonstrance. We’re concerned about losing even more time if we delay. We are not presupposing the outcome of the remonstrance although early indications are that the project will probably move ahead,” Vujovich said.
Columbus citizen and organizer opposing the Commons project Mike Lovelace said there is no doubt in his mind the citizens who brought the remonstrance lost.
“I’d be the first one to tell you we’ve lost,” Lovelace said. “But you know, it’s kind of a slap in the face to the people who signed the petition against it.”
A notice to bidders appeared in the Columbus newspaper starting Wednesday. Vujovich said bidding documents will be available to contractors as early as May 28th but an award will not be made until the bids have been reviewed and the outcome of the remonstrance is finalized.