Price of Sistrunk lighting fix drops
Residents complained the streetlights the city erected on Sistrunk Boulevard as part of a $15 million redevelopment project were too dim and would do little to combat the corridor’s reputation as a high-crime area.
The fix commissioners approved in May cost $358,117 — more than $1,600 per fixture — because the high-pressure sodium bulbs and bulb-housing would all have to be replaced. The city, officials said, was stuck with dealing with one manufacturer because of the unique style of the gold-colored fixtures on decorative curved poles.
But when the city’s decision made the news, a number of companies contacted the city, saying the job could be done for substantially less. City officials listened, tested four alternatives and will now get the lighting improved for only $109,180.
“When I saw that, I thought it was a whole big bunch of nonsense that they would have to replace the whole piece,” said Gabriel Falken, a marketer who has worked with LED light companies and was one of those who contacted the mayor.
Commissioners approved the new deal with LTR Lighting and Global Tech on Tuesday. The companies developed a unique mounting bracket that allows the installation of its LED lights without changing the original design of the lamp posts, City Manager Lee Feldman said.
“They found a great piece,” Wachtel said.
Commissioner Bobby DuBose is still concerned almost two years have passed and the lighting still isn’t fixed. Officials said it will take up to three months to manufacture the retrofit before the new lights can be installed.
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