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Council rejects unexpectedly large Beach Nook bids

WORTHINGTON -- The city's new Beach Nook project has run into a roadblock. The Worthington City Council on Monday unanimously rejected three bids to construct a new beach house in Centennial Park, as each of them came in over double the architect...

WORTHINGTON - The city’s new Beach Nook project has run into a roadblock.

The Worthington City Council on Monday unanimously rejected three bids to construct a new beach house in Centennial Park, as each of them came in over double the architect’s estimate.  

The city had expected to spend around $500,000, but the lowest bid from Wilcon Construction came in at $1.125 million.

“It’s just not worth $1.1 million to do that project in the city of Worthington,” said council member Amy Ernst.

The goal was to begin work on the new facility - equipped with men’s and women’s restrooms, a year-round family restroom, indoor and outdoor showers, storage areas and a concession area - this fall with construction completed by mid-May.

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City Administrator Steve Robinson said he had identified a few items, such as year-round heating in the entire building rather than just heating the bathrooms as the city planned, that drove up the cost. He also noted it is the busiest time of year for contractors in what was a very rainy season, leading to a lack of openings.

For more of this story, please see Wednesday's print edition and dglobe.com.

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