Low bid recommended for tennis complex

CONYERS - Rockdale County announced it received a low bid of $1.21 million this week for construction of an eight-court tennis complex on Parker Road that will be funded by a combination of sales tax revenue and impact fees.

Bon Building Services of Conyers submitted a base bid of $963,368 for site preparation, a building and four courts. The company offered to add four more courts for an additional cost of $249,000 as part of an alternate bid package, according to Michael Smith, general manager of the Rockdale County Office of Capital and Community Improvements.

Smith recommended to the Rockdale County Board of Commissioners during a work session Monday to accept the bid with the alternate package to bring eight new courts to the site.

"This way we can do eight courts, and then gauge whether the demand is there to add four more down the road," Smith said.

The site for the tennis center is the northern half of the county's Parker Road complex, just south of Interstate 20. Two tennis courts are already there along with a playground.

Bon Building Services was recommended as the low bidder out of a field of seven. F.E. Sims Enterprises of Cumming submitted the highest bid of $1.49 million that included the base bid and the alternate bid package.

The company's previous projects include the Fine Arts addition at Heritage High School and renovation work at the Alpha School near the Central Office building on Rosser Street, as well as parks projects such as the nature center, trails and a helipad at Stone Mountain Park and concession buildings for DeKalb County Parks and Recreation Department.

Lose and Associates, the consulting firm who developed the county's parks master plan, had an estimate of $1.18 million to build the tennis complex.

The Board of Commissioners is scheduled to take action on Bon Building Services' bid at its next meeting Tuesday. Smith said construction could get under way in about three weeks after BOC approval.

The county commissioners committed $1 million from the current special purpose local option sales tax to the project. Supporters viewed a new tennis complex as both a major recreational enhancement and economic engine for the community to draw area regional tennis tournaments.

Smith recommended to the commissioners to use $369,462 from the county's impact fees for parks to supplement SPLOST funding. Impact fees available for park projects total $519,000.

Along with the tennis center, impact fees are earmarked for two walking trail projects. One walking trail has $55,000 impact fees for the Parker Road facility that will eventually tie into a trail to connect Olde Town Conyers with the South River Trail. Another $92,320 is budgeted to go toward construction of the Lorraine Trail head at Ga. Highway 138 and the South River.

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