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Commissioners to consider project manager for multipurpose event center


The Cumberland County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday is expected to take another step toward bringing a multipurpose event center to the community. 

The board will consider naming an owner’s representative/project manager to guide the construction of an 89,000-square-foot center with a recommended seated capacity of 2,075 for events such as concerts, comedy shows, Broadway performances and other events.

The board meets at 6:45 p.m. in Room 118 at the Judge E. Maurice Braswell Cumberland County Courthouse.

The center is expected to cost $75 million to $80 million. The county would like it to open in fall 2025.

The county is looking at the multipurpose event center to replace the aging Crown Theater and Crown Arena. The theater and arena are set to close in 2025 because they are not American with Disabilities Act compliant.

The county has not decided on a location for the proposed events center, said Sally Shutt, a county spokeswoman. Site selection is one of the things that would fall under the owner’s representative/project manager’s duties, according to the Request for Proposals.

In addition to communicating updates to the county and the Board of Commissioners, the owner’s representative’s duties also may include “site selection, analysis and site procurement process, assistance with securing contractor, architect and various sub-contractors,’’ the Request for Proposals states.

The county received three responses in its request for a project manager. They were from MBP Carolinas Inc., Legends Project Development and Violet Crown Management LLC. An internal committee evaluated the firms and scored their proposals. The committee met on Dec. 20 and narrowed the firms to two: MBP Carolinas and Legends Project Development. The committee met again on Jan. 5 to further evaluate the two firms. 

MBP Carolinas Inc. received a score of 407 out of a possible 500 points; Legends Project Development received a score of 371, according to information in the agenda packet.

At its Jan. 13 agenda session, the board recommended moving forward with MBP Carolinas.

The board also is expected to award a contract to replace the roof on the Department of Social Services building and on the courthouse. Owens Roofing Inc. submitted the lowest responsive bid at $1.7 million, according to a memo in the agenda packet.

Keyona Smith covers Cumberland County government for CityView TODAY. She can be reached at keyonasmith10@yahoo.com. Have a news tip? Email news@CityViewTODAY.com.

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