Arlington Makes Bids For Aquatics Center Public, But Future Still In Doubt | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Arlington Makes Bids For Aquatics Center Public, But Future Still In Doubt

Play associated audio
A view of proposed aquatics center from the esplanade at Long Bridge Park.
Arlington County Parks Department
A view of proposed aquatics center from the esplanade at Long Bridge Park.

Arlington County officials say that information that was previously withheld regarding construction bids for a new aquatics center should actually be part of the public record, and have released it.

Earlier this month, Arlington County Manager Barbara Donnellan announced plans to construct a new aquatics center at Long Bridge Park had been shelved indefinitely. County officials said the bids came in significantly higher than expected, although Deputy County Manager Mark Schwartz said at the time Arlington officials would be keeping the amount of the bids a secret.

"Those bids are still open. So if we were to say anything about it, we would be in violation of the code of Virginia, and you wouldn't want us to do that," he said.

But now Arlington officials say the bids are part of the public record, and a newly released memorandum spells out that the construction bids range from $82 million to $83 million. The total cost of the project  design and construction  was expected to be about $80 million, although county officials won't say what their expectation was for the cost of construction alone. Schwartz declined to be interviewed for this story.

Frank Shafroth, the director of the Center of State and Local Leadership at George Mason University, says that even with the information out in the open, there remain some unanswered questions. "Is it some problem within the county and they need to fix it before they go out again or are they deciding we just got some wild bids?", he asks.

Arlington officials are in the process of trying to figure out why the bids were so high, and what they're going to do about it now.

NPR

Book Review: 'Once In The West'

Tess Taylor reviews Christian Wiman's new collection of poems, "Once in the West."
NPR

'How To Cook Everything Fast'? Bittman Says Skip The Prep

Rachel Martin talks to food writer Mark Bittman about his new cookbook, "How to Cook Everything Fast," which thumbs its nose at the French tradition of having ingredients prepped before you cook.
WAMU 88.5

New D.C. Bill Would Require Uber To Provide Liability Insurance Coverage

D.C. Council Member Mary Cheh is proposing legislation to end the regulatory vacuum critics say has placed Uber users at risk.
NPR

EBay Spins Off PayPal Into Fast-Changing World Of Mobile Payments

Commerce and payments are splitting up. Ebay is breaking away from PayPal and its payments operation will turn into a separate, publicly traded company.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.