FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WALA) – The Fairhope Board of Recreation will meet on Tuesday, August 5 with other groups in the community to try and figure out how to make the proposed Manley Soccer Complex possible.
At a pre-bid meeting, only one contractor made a bid of $5.4 million to build the field. The city only wants to spend $2 million. The Rec Board began planning the 10 field complex two years ago. The city already owns 40 acres of land at the corner of Manley Road and County Road 13 that they plan to use for the fields.
Preble Rish is the company that made the $5.4 million bid. The bid doesn’t include sidewalks, lights or buildings. According to representatives on the Rec Board, the bid came back so high for many reasons. First, they say the land is so sloped that grading and draining the complex alone will cost over $3 million. It also costs extra to drain water underground instead of having retention ponds, but it’s more environmentally friendly.
The Rec Board also said it may also be more expensive because they put most of the liability on the contractors. That means if a bad storm blows through and hurts progress of the complex, the city doesn’t have to pay for it.
The problem is, the city only wants to pay $2 million for the whole complex. On Tuesday, August 5, the Rec Board will meet with the Soccer Board, Preble Rish, and City Council liasons to come up with a cheaper alternative for the complex. FOX10 News will update you with details as they become available.