Commissioners moving to build south Bibb recreation site

mstucka@macon.comDecember 17, 2013 

Bibb County commissioners said Tuesday they are close to sealing a deal for a 104-acre park site in the southern part of the county.

The recreation site, located along Sardis Church and Houston roads, is one of the largest outstanding projects on the county’s list of special purpose local option sales tax projects, with about $8.2 million expected to be spent on the site.

Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday night to use an additional $562,130 toward land acquisition and appraisal costs for the property. Officials would not say how much money had already been allocated or what the total land purchase price would be.

The project, dubbed the “Sub South Recreation Complex,” was sold to voters as having multi-purpose lighted fields for football, soccer and lacrosse, lighted tennis courts, a pool, playground and shelters.

Commission Chairman Sam Hart described plans to use the property for both active and passive recreation, including walking trails.

The county said the land is now about one-third open space and two-thirds woodlands. The property has about 200 feet of frontage on Houston Road but also has about 850 feet of frontage on the current Sardis Church Road and about 3,000 feet along the proposed Sardis Church Road.

The county tax assessor’s office values the property at $285,047 but also lists a sale of about $1.05 million on the property in 2004. The current owner is CNM Investment Holdings, which isn’t listed in Georgia’s corporation database but has ties to Warner Robins developer Charlie N. McGlamry.

Separately Tuesday, commissioners heard that bids for a planned animal welfare facility would put the facility over budget. County officials plan to negotiate with the low bidder, International City Builders, then make a recommendation to county commissioners. Commissioners were told they could try “value engineering” to lower the price tag or seek another round of bidding. Hart said the commissioners will call another meeting Friday to consider the bids.

International City Builders bid about $2.6 million for construction. Architect Gene Dunwody Sr. told The Telegraph that construction will take about eight months, with plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems that will be at least as good as a surgery center. That should prevent infections from spreading through the building, which is planned to include a welcoming center.

The current animal shelter is located in an industrial area next to Macon’s landfill.

Commissioners also voted Tuesday on a $667,584 contract with Warren Associates for renovations to the future tax commissioner’s service center. That center is planned for the former Capital City Bank building on Walnut Street.

Tuesday’s commission meeting was Bibb County’s last regularly scheduled meeting.

In addition to Friday’s meeting at 9 a.m., commissioners also have talked about possibly holding another meeting near the end of the month.

And just two weeks before Bibb County and Macon merge, commissioners accepted 34 retirements. That’s several times the typical number of end-of-year retirements.

To contact writer Mike Stucka, call 744-4251.

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