Round 3 Monday Night For Arena Proposals

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The Watertown city council will receive its third set of plans to renovate the Fairgrounds Arena  Monday night.

Lawmakers say they're hoping for lower price tags on their options.

The city budgeted $4 million, but council members aren't sure they'll hit that mark.

"Four million's a bit of a stretch, given the numbers that we've seen," council member Joe Butler said. "We'll see what happens tonight, but with the financial position that the city's going to be faced with over the next few years, I think to spend twice what we budgeted for in our capital budget would just not make sense."

"I would definitely like to see it under six million," council member Teresa Macaluso said, "but with the cost of construction and materials, it's probably unrealistic to think that we can get it down anywhere near $4 million."

The first time Stantek, a Rochester engineering firm, made proposals, the prices were between $9 million and $11 million. The second time, prices were down around $8 million.

Now, they're expected to be in the $6 million to $8 million range.

Plans include fixing the roof, new locker rooms. a new floor, second-level seating and new offices for the Parks and rcreation Department.

The council will meet with Stantek at 7 p.m. Council members hope to have a deal done by March. 

Monday, November 24, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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