Dunwoody City Council has hired a construction company to build parks and a multi-use trail in the Project Renaissance development.

The council voted unanimously Feb. 25 to hire Georgia Development Partners, the low bidder on the project.

Georgia Development Partners originally bid $1.698 million to build about 12 acres of parkland and trail as part of Project Renaissance, a public-private partnership building housing and parks in the Georgetown area of the city. The city and company later negotiated the price down to $1.665 million, Brent Walker, city parks and recreation manager, told council members.

The city hired the company to build a family playground, a central park square, a linear park and trails, Walker said in a memorandum to council members.

The city had budgeted $1.5 million for the work, but has money elsewhere in its budget that can be directed to the project when city officials recalculate expenses later this year, city officials said.

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