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With no bidders Mattapan Square trail house project behind schedule

Posted by Patrick Rosso  June 7, 2013 10:34 AM

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(Image courtesy city of Boston Assessing Department)


The location of the work site.


Work on the dilapidated structures adjacent to the Mattapan Square MBTA Station will be delayed.

The Department of Conservation and Recreation, which bought the former mattress store and adjoining structures in 2010, plans to demolish the non-historical parts of the buildings to create a placeholder for what eventually will be a trail house for the yet to be completed Neponset Greenway Trail.

DCR, however, did not receive a single bid from contractors on the project, according to Cathy Garnett, a project manager for DCR.

“We were a little surprised, but we are expecting to get bids this time,” Garnett said Wednesday night at a meeting of the Neponset Greenway Council in Hyde Park.

The project was readvertised Wednesday and a contractor is expected to be chosen in two weeks.

Garnett said the narrow scope for applicants and the timing of the project were likely the biggest reasons for the project not receiving bids.

“I think it was just a blip,” said Garnett. “In two weeks we’ll get some bidders. It’s going to move forward.”

Garnett added that DCR expects construction to most likely start by August 1.

DCR bought the property for an estimated $400,000 in November of 2010. Eventually the building, which is located on the Mattapan/Milton line of RT. 28, will be the neighborhood’s gateway to the planned and partially completed Neponset River Greenway, which stretches along the Neponset River from Dorchester to Hyde Park.

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