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December 13, 2010

Harbor Walk $400k project draws 10 applicants

A city panel assembled to advance plans for a Gloucester Harbor Walk has a field of 10 applicants to choose from for a design services contract worth an estimated $100,000, with a decision expected by the end of the month.

"We're on a fast time line," the city's community development director, Sarah Garcia, said Monday.

According to city Purchasing Agent Donna Compton, the list of those filing proposals includes:

The Cecil Group of Boston, Carol R. Johnson Associates of Boston, Stephen Stimson Associates of Falmouth, Pressley Associates of Cambridge, Marshall/Gary LLC of Wakefield, Copley Wolff Design Group of Boston, Stantec Planning and Landscape Architecture of Boston, Halvorson Design Partnership of Boston, Weston & Sampson of Peabody and Cambridge Seven Associates of Cambridge.

The Harbor Walk is envisioned to run from St. Peter's Square to Harbor Loop attractions such as the Maritime Heritage Museum, the Fitz Henry Lane House and the Whale Center of New England.

The city has $400,000 for construction, with both sums in a grant announced earlier this year by the Seaport Advisory Council, which advises Gov. Deval Patrick on uses of a fund appropriated by the Legislature.

In November, Garcia took 19 designers and engineers on a tour of the waterfront area.

"We received 10 submissions ... and they were all good," Garcia said Monday.

Deadline for submissions was Dec. 1.

"Strong design, consistent use of materials, interpretive features and public art will help create a distinctive urban landmark for the city and provide an inviting experience for visitors, residents and employees of surrounding businesses," an outline on the city's website states regarding the project.

A selection committee appointed to help Garcia choose a designer includes Rhonda Faloon, director of the Cape Ann Museum; Carol Gray, director of the Sawyer Free Library; Geoffrey Richon, president of the Gloucester Marine Heritage Center; and Public Works Director Mike Hale.

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