Lack of bidders delays Norwalk’s historic Lockwood-Mathews Mansion renovation project

Extensive renovations on the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion hit a roadblock when nine aspects of the project received no bids for the work. The city will resubmit a request for proposals for contractors to conduct work on the historic mansion after an RFP from October garnered too few bids, officials said. In May, the mansion released plans for a $13.5 million renovation that will include some modern technology in the historic home. The bulk of the renovation is to upgrade the mansion’s technology and utilities, according to Patsy Brescia, vice chair of the mansion’s board of trustees. Now, the renovation timeline is changing, as the RFP, released in early October and closed Oct. 28, yielded few responses, Brescia said. Several factors contributed to the lack of bids, including the length of the open bid, the expertise required for the project and other opportunities, Brescia said. Initially, the work was set to begin in January and run until about May 2024, according to the bid documents. The new RFPs, however, will go out around the start of the new year, Mansion Board of Trustees Chair Doug Hempstead said.

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