Lawrence and Douglas County

Lawrence and Douglas county

City announces tentative plan to hold open bidding for proposed $25M recreation center

January 31, 2013


Lawrence city officials have negotiated a new plan that calls for the proposed $25 million city recreation center in northwest Lawrence to be competitively bid through the city's standard bidding process.

The tentative deal is a reversal from a previous proposal that would have limited the bidding process and would have given Lawrence builder Thomas Fritzel the ability to match any bid on the project.

The new development will put the bidding under the control of the city of Lawrence, whereas the previous plan would have been controlled by the Kansas University Endowment Association.

More details are forthcoming.


flyin_squirrel 5 years, 3 months ago

But what will everyone scream about now that the process is going to follow the cities bidding process?

Brock Masters 5 years, 3 months ago

KRichards - that was funny. Hey wait, you weren't kidding were you?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 3 months ago

I guess admin has a sliding scale when it comes so assessing what constitutes "civil discussion."

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 3 months ago

So, you prefer the rigged bidding process that had been the plan?

jack22 5 years, 3 months ago

Squirrel, I think for most thinking people in Lawrence, whether we should build this huge recreation center or no doesn't hinge on just one question or single issue. For example, some may want to consider if the initial 25 million wouldn't be better utilized to pay for our crumbling roads and sewer system? Some might wish to consider how much it's going to cost us to maintain such a large facility? Or whether the city should be partnering with and rewarding a developer with a long history of breaking zoning codes and regulations? Or if this is the right location to build a recreation center? Or what negative impact their might be if all the projected economic benefits fail to materialize?

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