Texas- The Frisco Independent School District will be putting a $691 million bond before voters this November, with $43 million set aside for a new performing arts center. This bond election comes in the wake of a similar failed measure in 2015. If the city and the school district decide to partner on the project, up to $57 million would be offered as incentive for a developer to take on the performing arts center as a public-private partnership (P3).
The two entities are inspired by actions taken by the city of Lubbock that recently opened the Buddy Holly Performing Arts Center by way of a P3. The facility includes a 2,200-seat main theatre, a 425-seat studio and a multiuse room. Officials are convinced that the project does not need to be taken on using 100 percent of city funds, nor does the center need to be managed by the city. Two locations within Hall Park are being examined as possible sites.
Kentucky- A study was performed recently on Jack C. Fisher Park and results showed that infields of the four diamonds at the park need to be replaced with artificial turf and that a 60,000-square-foot indoor sports facility be built in either central Owensboro or on the east side of town. The indoor facility proposed by the study would have four hard-floor courts. The Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is the agency that commissioned a firm for the study to show that the community needs sports facilities.
The CVB wants the sports proposal handled through private development. The goal of the CVB is to increase visitors filling hotel rooms and to bring in more funds than the $30 million the city makes annually on sports tourism. The city’s parks and recreation department is also performing a study that should be ready in October that estimates the cost to renovate the park.
North Carolina– New Hanover County wants a construction manager at risk (CMAR) for an estimated $11 million to $12 million replacement of the Division of Juvenile Justice facility at 138 N. 4th St. in downtown Wilmington. The plan is to expand a one-story structure to an estimated three-story, 35,000-square-foot building to house courtrooms. The need is arising as the state has decided to raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction to 18 years old for non-violent offenses.
New Hanover County has already chosen an architecture firm to design the building. The deadline to submit a proposal to be considered as the CMAR for this project is Aug. 15. According to the request for qualifications, the proposed schedule for the project is for the schematic design to be completed by Sept. 25 and construction to be done by December 2020.
Maine– The state of Maine has agreed to pay for the construction of a 70,000-square-foot facility that will replace the town of Monmouth’s middle and grade schools. Regional School Unit 2 (RSU 2), plans to seek bids for the project, break ground in July and open the new school as soon as January 2020. The new facility will replace Monmouth Middle and Henry L. Cottrell Elementary schools.
The total cost of the project is $26.7 million, including the purchase of land on Academy Road where the school will be built. The state has agreed to pay almost all of that, except for $71,995 that the district had to spend on the new site. Construction of the new school will cost an estimated $20.7 million. RSU 2 has taken out a bond to fund the project and, as it starts paying that bond back next year, the state will reimburse the district for the costs.