Recent years have brought a resurgence of sorts for the structure, titled a “Modern Ruin,” in a 2014 documentary. City officials and preservationists have rallied together and secured $14 million for vital structural repairs and ambient lighting for the pavilion.
But finding a firm that is ready — and able — to take on the project has proved to be its own challenge, causing even more delays.
Only two construction companies responded to a bid that went out earlier this year. Neither were deemed viable by the Parks Department.
The city will again solicit bids later this summer, and are hoping for a better response.
“We certainly knew it was a complicated project, especially with the lighting element,” said Janice Melnick, administrator for Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. “We would have loved to have more bids come in. It’s such an important job and we want to make sure we get the right contractor to do it.”