Tupelo opens new bids for aquatic center

By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The city on Thursday opened bids from seven companies hoping to construct Tupelo’s new aquatic center after the first round of prices had been rejected.

The latest bids ranged in price from $10.1 million to $10.7 million. They now go to the project architect for review, and one likely will be submitted to the City Council for approval.

It’s the second time Tupelo officials have opened bids on the project, which will put a 45,000-square-foot indoor swimming complex at Veterans Park.

The first slate of bids had been rejected two months ago because all exceeded budget by at least $1.4 million. Six companies had submitted prices ranging from $13.4 million to $15.2 million.

The facility’s projected price had been $11.3 million, but the city set aside up to $12 million just in case.

Read the full story in Friday’s Daily Journal.