JERSEY CITY, NJ - Proposals to construct the new county court complex will be rejected and new requests made after three developers submitted prices tens of millions above the county’s projections.
The project which would replace the existing courthouse on Newark Avenue with a new court complex in the same area of Jersey City drew three proposals, all coming in higher than anticipated, and, in one case, above the total amount the county set aside.
The new courthouse, which will replace the court complex building constructed in the 1960s, is estimated to cost $345 million.
The master plan for the new Guarini Justice Complex is by Rafael Viñoly Architects of New York City and includes a five-story courthouse building, a 450-space garage, along with a public food court, law library, 24 courtrooms and various other amenities. The new courthouse is expected to be completed by 2023.
One proposal came in $60 million higher than the county has estimated, while the second proposal came in about $40 million higher officials said. Both are being reviewed further to determine if the price can be brought down based on more closely matching the specifications of the job.
The third proposal was rejected based on a technical review of the contractor’s ability to complete the project.
Freeholder Bill O’Dea said all three companies were willing to meet the county’s requirement to use local minority owned or women owned business as suppliers as well for the workforce.
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