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Aquatics Center Decision due by End of Month

The Arlington Sun Gazette's Scott McCaffrey reported today that "Arlington County Board members on Nov. 28 are slated to formally ratify a staff decision on the design of the Long Bridge Park aquatics and fitness complex."

McCaffrey continued his report, writing:

"The actual design to be acted upon, however, remains to be determined, at least at the moment.

"As of press time, results of work by the staff committee that will select the winning design from among four entrants had not been made public.

"The four consortiums vying for the contract to build the $55 million facility in Crystal City: Christman/HOK; Coakley Williams/Page;Forrester/EYP; and Hess/VMDO.

"The project is scaled back considerably from an early effort, which was scrapped after bids came in well above the government’s ability to fund them and questions were raised about the operating subsidies that would be required.

"In 2016, the effort was resuscitated, but with lowered expectations.

"If all goes according to plan – and given the history of the project, who knows? – design work on the aquatics/fitness center will be completed and construction started in 2018, with completion set for late 2020 or early 2021"

A few of our thoughts about the Long Bridge Aquatics & Fitness Center are contained in video we posted on Saturday -- see here.

A county press release, dated October 18, 2017,  provides greater detail on the four design concepts that were developed for Long Bridge Park. It provided three talking points:

  • Long Bridge Aquatics & Fitness Center and park expansion
  • Based on years of community interaction; community input invited through Oct. 29
  • Four nationally recognized design and construction firms team up for Design-Build contract

Although the press release essentially set a cut-off date of October 29, 2017 for community input, Growls encourage taxpayers with continuing concerns about the aquatics center to take a few minutes to make your views known to the Arlington County Board. Just click-on the link below:

  • Call the County Board office at (703) 228-3130

And tell them ACTA sent you.

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