Seeking to generate more bids for the construction of its new ballpark, Fayetteville is reissuing its request for qualifications.
With the lease terms for the Houston Astros-owned franchise finalized, Fayetteville officials are undertaking the planning process, with an eye toward beginning ballpark construction this summer. The cost of the project has been set at a maximum of $33 million, so the city is seeking to secure a contract with a construction manager at risk, which must assure that the development its complete at or below its budget.
Fayetteville’s original request solicited fewer than three responses by the deadline, meaning that it fell below the requirement mandated by a North Carolina law. That law does not need to be observed for the second request for qualifications, which officials have opted to issue. More from The Fayetteville Observer:
The city’s request for qualifications solicited three proposals, but only one met the bidding deadline of 2 p.m. last Thursday, Deputy City Manager Kristoff Bauer told the City Council’s Baseball Committee on Monday night.
According to the city, Meton/TA Loving was on time, and Barton Malow and SAMET/SRS each submitted an electronic bid last Thursday but after 2 p.m.
City Manager Doug Hewett said the two late bids weren’t considered qualified, and state law requires the city to advertise a second time, if there aren’t at least three competitive bids.
The city has reissued a seven-day advertisement, setting a new deadline of 2 p.m. Feb. 2.
The city is advertising for the proposals primarily on its website, as well as on industry websites, Bauer said.
If the project stays on schedule, the ballpark will open in 2019. In the meantime, the Buies Creek Astros (High A; Carolina League) are slated to spend the 2017 and 2018 seasons at Campbell University’s Jim Perry Stadium.
Rendering courtesy Populous and SfL+a Architects.
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