The San Mateo County Harbor District put out a bid for demolition of the beloved but crumbling Romeo Pier, but received only one bidder. That bid came in at nearly double the $1.5 million the district envisioned.
That bidder was the Dutra Group, a San Rafael-based company that specializes in dredging and marine construction projects.
“I don’t think, in this situation, we could have asked for a more reputable, dependable, contractor,” said Harbor District General Manager Steve McGrath who listed some of the company’s other work, such as an elaborate $50 million dredging project in Oakland and work on the Oroville Dam.
At the July 19 Harbor Commission meeting, commissioners were asked to consider approving the proposed bid of up to $2,734,350 with a 10 percent contingency. General consensus in the room was that the price was high, but a majority of the commissioners voted to approve the funding while also directing the general manager to work on negotiating a reduction.
On Tuesday, McGrath said Dutra Group agreed to do the work for $2.3 million provided the district could be flexible about the timing.
“We get the reduction because we’re willing to work with them on their schedule,” McGrath said.
As a result, it is not yet known when Dutra will be performing the demolition.
At the July 19 meeting, Commissioners Tom Mattusch, Virginia Chang Kiraly and Robert Bernardo voted to go ahead with the contract.
Kiraly was concerned the project would only become more expensive later.
“For me, the biggest consideration is this is such a…
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