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Fayetteville Moves Forward on Ballpark Contracts

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On Monday, the Fayetteville City Council moved forward with two contracts relating to the city’s forthcoming ballpark project. 

The agreements reached on Monday outline terms for the development surrounding the ballpark, as well as the facility’s construction. A master development agreement with Prince Charles Holdings, LLC was adopted by the city, which facilitates a land swap for the project. As part of that agreement, Prince Charles Holdings will construct an apartment building next to the ballpark, while paying $4.2 million for the Festival Park Plaza on Ray Avenue.

In addition, Barton Malow Co. was awarded the construction contract for the ballpark. City officials expressed satisfaction with the votes, both of which were unanimous and crucial to the project moving forward. More from The Fayetteville Observer:

“We covered a lot of ground tonight,” Mayor Pro Tem Mitch Colvin said during a break after the two pivotal votes. “We get site control that we need to move this forward. And two, this gets the construction team to start pricing this out and to start working with the developers.”

Per the contract, Barton Malow will attempt to give at least 30 percent of the work to locally and minority-owned subcontractors — an important concession sought by the council.

Last month, the council chose Barton Malow based on its qualifications and experience building other baseball stadiums. The city then negotiated price and other terms, such as bonding.

On Monday night, Deputy City Manager Kristoff Bauer said the city has agreed to pay Barton Malow almost $170,000 during the pre-construction phase. The bigger fee, for construction, will be negotiated and brought back to the council, Bauer said.

Construction on the project has been slated to begin this year, which could allow the ballpark to open for the 2019 season. In the meantime, the facility’s tenant–the Buies Creek Astros (High A; Carolina League)–will play at Campbell University‘s Jim Perry Stadium. The Houston Astros and the city have already agreed to a 30-year lease for the team to use the ballpark.

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