A $1 million revamp of the Wellington Dukes’ Dickson Street stadium will likely come in phases, starting with what got the ball rolling in the first place — bleachers.
A seating provider is expected to be chosen March 21. Cost estimates for angle frame architecture, which has a 50-year life expectancy but blocks off access under the bleachers, are around $290,000. I-beam models cost $470,000, last 70-years, and allow the area underneath to still be used by fans.
A four-year, four-phase plan by TDA Architecture of Willoughby — a bleacher, lighting, running track, and grass field replacement — was approved during the board’s last special work session.
During talks, TDA indicated that if the district wants to have new seating installed in time for football season, it must act now.
“We’re looking at who’s offering the best prices through some of the state consortiums,” said superintendent Ed Weber, pointing to March 21 as the target for a bleacher purchase vote.
An eight-lane running track would cost $350,000 and replace the district’s six-lane surface that’s unusable for meets and in a state of complete disrepair.
Four new LED light poles would range between $150,000 and $250,000 and a new grass field, which would need to be moved if an eight-lane track is installed, costs another $250,000.
The bleachers will be paid for in one lump sum, but no determination has been made on how payments will work in other phases, Weber said.
“All of these things cost around the same amount, which surprises me,” he said. “We might be able to do a purchase lease agreement. We could buy a couple things in one year and pay it over two or three. Doing the bleachers and the lights at the same time could be a good move.”
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