Nine companies submitted bids to build an amphitheater that has been proposed for North Park in Jackson Township.
JACKSON TWP. By the end of this month trustees might have a contractor for an amphitheater that has been proposed for North Park.
Tuesday evening Jackson Township trustees opened bids from nine companies interested in building the facility. Township officials and the architect for the project, SoL Harris/Day in Jackson Township, will review the bids to determine which offers the best option at the lowest price.
Trustees hope to take action and select a bid when they meet on March 26.
The amphitheater is being built in conjunction with a new Stark County District Library branch. The library will be constructed near the corner of Fulton Drive and Community Parkway NW. The amphitheater will be north of the library and a grassy plaza will separate the structures.
Jackson Township has received $1.5 million in state funds to build the amphitheater. So far about $500,000 has been used for developing plans and grading the property to prepare it for construction. Township officials are studying options, including selling naming rights, to finance the remainder of the project.
Bids for the project included a base amount and the cost for seven alternative options that could be added to the project. Submitting bids were:
Stanley Miller Construction, East Sparta, $2.694 million with alternates total at $375,101;
N.L. Construction, Canton, $2.656 million with alternates total at $510,750;
Knoch Corp., Plain Township, $2.562 million with alternates total at $492,433;
Jeffrey Carr Construction, Perry Township, $2.519 million with alternates total at $319,910;
RBS General Contracting, Tuscarawas Township, $2.506 million with alternates total at $541,313;
Fred Olivieri Construction, Jackson Township, $2.423 million with alternates total at $356,120;
Dunlop & Johnston, Valley City, $2.399 million with alternates total at $468,126;
St. Clair/Palvis Group, Canton, $2.332 million with alternates total at $362,718; and,
Cavanaugh Building, Akron, $2.305 million with alternates total at $350,900.
It's the second time the township advertised for bids on the amphitheater project. Last June Cavanagh Building submitted the only bid, estimating the job at $3.6 million, well over what the township anticipated. Township officials reviewed the project and advertised for new bids.
In other business, trustees conducted meetings for the tax incentive review council and four different joint economic development districts the township has with Canton.
Members of the new JEDD covering ComDoc, which is building a new office and warehouse complex at 8247 Pittsburg Ave. NW. The company will consolidate four business operations in Summit County under one roof at the new location. The move will bring more than 250 jobs to the township.
Under the JEDD agreement, ComDoc employees will pay Canton 2.5-percent income tax and will be shared between the township and city, with Jackson receiving 1 percent.
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