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Council Sees Next Phase of Portal Project

The E Campbell Avenue Portal Project will open up the walkway beneath Highway 17 for friendlier bicycle and pedestrian access.


The East Campbell Avenue Portal Project is once again on the Campbell City Council agenda--the consent calendar--on May 21's council meeting at City Hall.
The proposed $4.2 million dollar capital project located on E Campbell Avenue under the Highway 17 project designed for better pedestrian and bicycle access between downtown Campbell and the Pruneyard was first introduced during a study session in 2012 and approved later that year.
With past significant public projects, between 1 and 2 percent of the total estimated cost is allocated to a public art component which, in this particular project's case would equal about $75,000.
The city has received proposals from 45 qualified artists. From these, the city narrowed down to five artists and their proposals and chose Susan Zoccola, an artist from Seattle, Washington.
It was Zoccola's work with sculpture light art that, according to city memo, made her an ideal candidate for the E Campbell Avenue Portal Project. Her work would be a new form of public art in the Orchard City. 
According to the memo, staff is in negotiations with Zoccola, with a contract not to exceed $75,00, a 15 percent contingency of $11,250 for a total of $86,250.

The tentative schedule for the public art component is:
  • Contract signed with Susan Zoccola June 2013
  • Civic Improvement Commission Meeting August 2013
  • City Council Approval of Public Art November 2013

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