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J. Fred Johnson Stadium project set to begin soon

October 2nd, 2013 8:14 pm by Matthew Lane

J. Fred Johnson Stadium project  set to begin soon

KINGSPORT — Work to renovate and expand J. Fred Johnson Stadium is finally coming to pass.

 The Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted unanimously this week to appropriate $4.59 million toward the stadium project. The money will come from a $28.9 million bond issuance, expected to take place next week, with the proceeds going to fund the city’s 2014 capital improvement plan.

 The measure requires a second vote by the BMA, scheduled to take place in two weeks.

 In addition, the BMA agreed to award the stadium project to the low bidder  —  GoinsRashCain. The contract is for a guaranteed maximum price of $4.59 million — a stipulation sought by the BMA, though the maximum price was originally set at $4.4 million.

 Preliminary work will likely begin this fall with the renovation to the existing grandstand not taking place until after Nov. 4 — the end of the 2013 football season. According to the contract, the deadline for the project is Nov. 7, 2014.

Read more in Thursday’s print edition of the Times-News or in the expanded electronic edition.

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