COLUMBIA — The Boone County Purchasing Office has issued a request for proposals on how to renovate the courthouse plaza.
The plaza, located at 801 E. Walnut St., is in a state of disrepair. Trash fills the waterway, the central fountain has no water at all and the concrete is cracked and worn.
The proposal lists several requirements including:
- Removal of the round fountain
- Maintaining the wall with name plaques
- Removal of concrete to make way for more green space
- Installing outdoor tables
- Adding more shade
- Installing energy efficient lighting
The renovation of the courthouse plaza has been previously discussed by the commission. For the past few months, a group representing local interests has been meeting to discuss improving the space. The group is comprised of representatives from the Boone County Courthouse, Boone County Government, The District and the Historic Avenue of the Columns.
The goal of the proposal is "creating a more welcoming environment, expanding the green space and increasing the ability of the space to accommodate a variety of activities," according to a county news release.
Applicants must deliver sealed envelopes containing bids to the Boone County Purchasing Office at 613 E. Ash St., Room 109. Proposals will be accepted until 5 p.m. on May 1. Construction is expected to begin in July.