Commissioners delay Kellogg Park fountain project

Apr. 21, 2020  PLYMOUTH EAGLE.

Plymouth Michigan News

The City of Plymouth and The Wilcox Foundation have mutually agreed to delay the Wilcox Fountain Project until the spring of 2021 due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, according to a statement from Mayor Oliver Wolcott.

“There is now just too much risk involved in trying to complete the project this year. The project schedule was already tight, and the current pandemic adds a significant number of unknowns and new risks to the schedule,” he said.

The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) also released a statement about the delay, noting, “The uncertainties around the City’s ability to schedule the independent contractors to perform the site construction work, and supply-chain disruptions are two of the major factors in our decision; a partial completion of the fountain before winter is not an option.”

Both referred to the action as a “temporary setback” and characterized the situation as “disappointing.” They agreed that the delay provides the opportunity to potentially start the project earlier in the spring of 2021 and work continuously until completion that summer.

“Unfortunately, circumstances beyond our control have forced major upheavals in many aspects of our lives. The City of Plymouth and The Wilcox Foundation remain committed to the project, and seeing it become a reality in 2021,” Wolcott’s statement noted.

“We are all making the best of a truly unprecedented situation and will emerge from this crisis a stronger community,” he concluded.


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