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Smithfield deploys federal COVID funds for Luter Sports concession stand – Smithfield Times
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Smithfield deploys federal COVID funds for Luter Sports concession stand – Smithfield Times

Smithfield deploys federal COVID funds for Luter Sports concession stand

Published 5:24 PM Wednesday May 8, 2024

The Smithfield City Council voted unanimously May 7 to appropriate an additional $251,790 from the city’s share of American Rescue Plan Act, or ARPA, federal pandemic relief money to build a concession stand for the football field at the Luter Sports Complex.

A separate unanimous vote awarded the contract to Athens Building Corp., the same contractor currently rebuilding the walkways at Windsor Castle Park.

Athens was the lowest of six bidders, coming in at $624,900, according to an April 22 memorandum from City Manager Michael Stallings to the City Council. The city has budgeted a 10% contingency, bringing the total estimated cost to $696,790.

The city previously allocated $445,000 in ARPA money for the concession stand, after raising the amount from a 4,000-square-foot maintenance building for all three city parks. That project has been put on hold as cost estimates have risen to more than $1 million.

The 6,000-square-foot concession stand will be a two-story building with bathrooms on the first floor and the second housing conference room for Smithfield Packers Youth Sports, which operates the park’s football program.

Of the approximately $8.7 million in ARPA funds the city was allocated in 2021, approximately $928,000 remains unallocated.