Archive for Friday, July 12, 2013

Rock Chalk Park Recreation center agreement set for final approval

July 12, 2013


Plans for the city's 181,000 square-foot Rock Chalk Park recreation center are back on track to be finalized by city commissioners on Tuesday.

City Manager David Corliss said discussions to tweak a key development agreement for the project went well, and the project's other partners have agreed to add the new safeguards requested by commissioners earlier this month.

The revised development agreement requires a private development company led by Lawrence businessman Thomas Fritzel to provide a monthly cost accounting of work to build about $12.5 million worth of infrastructure on the site, which will also house stadiums for track and field, soccer and softball facilities that will be owned by a Fritzel firm but leased to Kansas University.

Commissioners asked for the monthly cost accounting so that the city would be in a better position to audit whether the city is receiving a fair deal on the infrastructure costs. The city deviated from its standard bid policy, and is allowing the Fritzel firm to build the infrastructure as part of a no-bid contract, but city officials have pledged to closely monitor the construction work to ensure that the city is charged fair market rates.

The revised development agreement also makes it clear that legal fees, loan origination fees and loan interest fees are not subject to a 2.5 percent management fee that Fritzel's firm is entitled to charge the city as part of the construction of the project.

If commissioners approve the development agreement, Corliss said that would clear the way for construction to begin on the recreation center within days. The center, which will have eight gyms, an indoor turf field, fitness center and other amenities, will take just under a year to construct.

Commissioners meet at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.


blindrabbit 4 years, 10 months ago

Wonder how much of this game was played under the table?

Jayhawker07 4 years, 10 months ago

Just to calm your nerves the game was all under the table. Our officials ran on there coatails to the very end. Why you must ask? It is called the big favor. Too bad our commissioners have (XXXXXX) backrounds. Otherwise we might have had fair deal. Not going to happen. Thank you urinal stinking, snorting, man loving, sell my ass out to the lowest bidder mayor. I ask only one question. How in the hell after all you have done in your life, (and your reputation is something too in this community) getting thrown in the bottom of an outhouse in crap and more crap. Do we voters smell like the crap you were dumped in or what? Honestly, you need to see the crapper again. Life has a way of going full circle. This time with no rescue. Never mind, your life must really suck, living in hell , and having been treated like a dumbass most of your life.

Can you imagine walking around town and having folks talk, look and mingle about you that way and then still they vote you back into office. Scumbag all the way.

The Lord has his ways for these folks.

We the people will be vindicated and have OUR WAY.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 10 months ago

Once the work has been invoiced how can the city make any difference if nothing has been agreed upon?

What is the final bill to the taxpayers? Does anyone know?

leftylucky 4 years, 10 months ago

Will the public get to see the agreement before Tuesday?

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