Bids for LIndberg Road ditch under engineer's estimate

Jan. 23—ANDERSON — Bids for the reconstruction of the Lindberg Road ditch came in under the engineer's estimate for the work which will lead eventually to a housing development.

The Anderson Board of Public Works Tuesday took under advisement four bids for the work that had an estimated cost of $42,000.

City Engineer Matt House said the work is to be completed by May 1.

The work is to start at Mustin Drive and proceed 1,000 feet to the east.

Watson's Excavating submitted the low bid of $17,150. Other bids received were: Yardberry Excavating, $22,726; Davis Excavating, $24,379; and Cox Recycling, $48,825.

The 17-acre site along Lindberg Road was rezoned in 2021 for the development of the proposed Highland Park Apartments by Renewing Management.

The site is the former Liberty Christian School property. A new church, The Mercy Road Church, would occupy the existing church building. The unfinished school building there will be converted into a community center.

Renewing Management plans to use the remaining 13 acres to construct 37 triplex townhouses with a total of 111 apartments.

The 2021 plan was to invest $1 million in the former church portion of the project and $6 million to $8 million on the housing project.

The project includes a privacy fence on the west side of the property and a row of evergreen trees on the east side along two existing single-family developments.

The plan includes a nature park, storm water detention area, playground, community garden, walking trails and a dog park.

The company operates Stonebrook Apartments on Columbus Avenue and Cedar Ridge on 38th Street.

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