By Chris Coppola for The Arizona Republic
Chandler will dip into contingency funds to help cover a higher-than-expected cost of building a permanent covered stage downtown to attract performances and events.
Plans for the stage took root last June, when the city entered into an agreement with the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership to share in the cost of its construction just west of the downtown library, 22 S. Delaware St.
The city requested bids for the project, with eight coming back. The City Council on April 16 approved a construction contract with the low bidder, S.D. Crane Builders Inc., of Mesa, in the amount of $348,691.
The design and related planning for the project already have accounted for another $61,121, bringing the total amount for the project to about $409,000 — about $59,000 more than the $350,000 originally authorized in the cost-sharing agreement with the DCCP.
To cover that, the council also authorized a transfer of about $59,000 from a contingency fund. The DCCP will share in covering part of the cost for the project, including half of the contingency fund transfer.
Chandler’s maximum contribution will be about $280,000 for the project, and the DCCP’s $130,000, said Marsha Reed, assistant city manager, who added the city’s goal is to start construction by June 1.
The DCCP expects the stage will be in use this fall, when a number of high-profile Chandler events are scheduled, said Jeff Kulaga, the DCCP’s executive director.
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