UNION — Union Event Center board members are ready to seek a rebid for construction, which they consider a positive sign of progress.
Union Event Center board chair Bob Love and other board members met with members of the Union City Council Thursday afternoon to discuss getting a rebid for construction of the center.
Love said architects budgeted $2,529,000 for construction of the building and $635,000 for equipment. Those figures do not include bringing the building up to code or financing costs.
Love said the city currently has $1,560,934 in UEC funds, some of which has been collected and some are pledges. There is an additional $255,032 in funds given by Timken. Love said Timken has pledged an additional $226,787 if ground is broken for the UEC by the end of the year. Love pointed out that completion could take as long as five years after ground breaking.
Five bids for construction were collected in April 2010, and the lowest bid was for $2.1 million. Love said board members realize the facility could not be built for that today. There is currently $2.529 million in the budget for construction, and the board will have to have the building rebid in order to know if that will suffice or how much additional funds will need to be raised.
“The prudent thing to do would be to see where we are so we can know what we’re talking about,” said city council member Robert Garner.
The common consensus among those present at Thursday’s meeting was to seek a rebid, which will be added to the upcoming city council meeting for a vote in order to make the decision official.
Love said he is very happy with the results of the meeting, and he looks forward to beginning background work with the architect and putting together a proposal for all contractors.
“We are proud of where we are, and we will continue fund raising,” Love said.
Love also mentioned the numerous purposes the center will have once it is complete. He said when he attends UCHS Drama productions — in the school cafeteria — he is taken aback by the talent and work that goes into them. He said he only wishes they could be better seen and heard.
“Those kids deserve a state-of-the-art facility,” he said.
Love mentioned that Cowpens — a city with around 6,000 fewer residents than Union — just opened a $1.2 million community event center three weeks ago.