Construction set to begin soon on North Main Athletic Complex in Holly Springs

snagem@newsobserver.comDecember 31, 2013 

A rendering of the North Main Athletic Complex.

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— Construction will likely get started soon on the North Main Athletic Complex.

The Holly Springs Town Council voted Dec. 17 to award a construction bid for the first phase of the project to the Fred Smith Company.

Five companies submitted bids; Fred Smith Company was the lowest bidder, at about $7.1 million.

The first phase will include eight regulation-size tennis courts, four youth tennis courts and 183,000 square feet of synthetic turf, which is about the size of two high school soccer fields.

The project also includes 400 to 500 parking spaces and a connector street from North Main Street.

Fred Smith Company, which is based in Clayton, will likely get started this month. Construction is set to be complete in October, said Len Bradley, director of parks and recreation in Holly Springs.

Mayor Dick Sears said it’s exciting to see the project get rolling.

“I even see the possibility in the near future that this could be a money-making event for the town,” he said.

Sears said he hopes businesses will become sponsors of the North Main Athletic Complex, which is set to include an 1,800-seat stadium that could host a Coastal Plain League collegiate summer baseball team.

The town will likely get another hotel to accommodate out-of-town guests, Sears said.

As part of phase one of the project, workers will build the concrete base for the stadium, Bradley said. Construction of the stadium could begin April 1, he said.

Money from the project is coming from multiple sources, but mostly from voter-approved parks and recreation bonds, Bradley said. Money from street and sewer funds will also be used, along with parks and recreation reserve funds and revenue from the sale of timber.

The Town Council awarded the construction project after two rounds of bidding.

The first round brought in higher-than-expected bids, ranging from $7.5 million to more than $8 million.

Sears said he’s especially excited about phase three of the project, which could include a smaller stadium with space for softball and special-needs teams.

“It’s going to be a great addition to our town,” Sears said.

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