Golf course reconstruction challenges – sole bidder rejected

Above: The Southborough Golf Club is operating alongside the construction area for the Public Safety Complex. But dealing with impacts to two holes is proving to be a challenge. (image cropped from photo posted to Facebook by the Southborough Fire Department)

This month, Town Administrator Mark Purple updated the Board of Selectmen on another RFP that only hooked one bidder.

This one was for work needed on the Southborough Golf Club (aka St. Mark’s Golf Course). Building the Public Safety Complex on the property requires work on two of the nine holes. Purple told selectmen that the bidder’s price tag was too high.

This story was on my to-do list. But I’ve had trouble keeping up with all of the Town news. Luckily, Southborough Wicked Local recapped Purple’s update for us, including next steps:

The town rejected the sole bid to reconstruct part of the Southborough Golf Club to work around the $22.6 million combined police and fire stations being built on the property.

An architect redesigned the locations of first tee box and ninth green to reroute the 9-hole course around the new building. The town sought bids for construction, Town Administrator Mark Purple told selectmen earlier this month.

“Only one bid came in,” he said.

The base bid of $607,000 and $120,000 in bid alternatives came in above the $340,000 in Community Preservation Act money set aside for the work.

Purple said the town is working with the golf course architect to reduce the scale of work to “better reflect the amount of money” the town has.

“They seem to think that trying to compress the work into the time frame before this construction season ended was part of the issue,” Purple said. “If we extend that out into next April it might be something that can be done.” 

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