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Pandemic playing a factor in higher contractor bids on Prescott’s new arena

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Contractor bids for Prescott's new athletic complex are coming in slightly higher than the town estimated back in 2019, but town officials were prepared for 'COVID markets' – Jul 21, 2021

The new athletic complex in Prescott is one step closer to being built, despite the projected price being higher than expected.

“We were hoping between fourteen point five and 15, but that 14.5-15 million is a date that goes back to 2019. That’s pre-COVID. That’s pre-crazy markets, volatility. Steel has been really high, so we’re actually we’re very happy with where we’re at,” said Prescott’s Mayor, Brett Todd.

The lowest bid for the project is 17.3 million dollars, with the highest coming in at 20.4 million dollars, nearly three million above what the town initially expected to pay.

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“We did have some money in reserve funds going towards infrastructure and the arena in particular. So we were really prepared for this, having that come in at seventeen point three million. So a little higher than we would have liked, of course, but we were expecting it and we are in a full position where we can go ahead, get the shovels in the ground and get this arena built,” the mayor explained.

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The new complex will be built over the RCA baseball diamond in the north end of Prescott, with the new Alaine Chartrand Arena replacing the Leo Boivin Community Centre. Along with the rink, two new baseball diamonds, pickleball courts and soccer fields will also be added, and the annual Leo Boivin Midget tournament may finally be coming back home to Prescott.

“We want to get the tournament back here as soon as possible. We all love our midget tournament. We all love Leo. And we can’t wait to get him back here so he can drop the puck for for another midget tournament. And we hope to host more tournaments, more events. We want to bring junior back. We got senior coming to the area as well, we’re hoping to land a senior team,” mayor Todd said.

The mayor forecasted the hike in price would be an “absolute zero addition” to the taxpayer’s bill because of private donations.

“Because of our smart planning, because of government grants, because of what we’ve put away and the private donations — which are now surging over three million dollars,” Todd said.

The ceremonial groundbreaking is set for the end of July, and construction is expected to be fully completed by February of next year.

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