The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes plans a general meeting Dec. 15 for those firms that might be interested in doing work on the proposed office tower.
This is the same project that has been steeped in controversy after the ministry’s own auditors found out that plans for the $7.5 million building had been submitted 10 months before bids were received.
Auditors also noted that there had been several meetings between the ministry staffers and the firms that submitted the plans.
That is why the Contraloría General de la República canceled the contract.
Now the ministry is opening participation to more companies.
The cast concrete construction appears to be of a type that only several companies can complete.
The proposed site is Plaza Viques adjacent to the current sprawling offices. The ministry has to leave the current offices because they belong to the Liceo de Costa Rica.
The section of south San José is congested throughout the day because it also is on a major route to Desamparados and the Circunvalación.