June 23, 2018
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Bangor arena’s price set at $58.5 million

By Andrew Neff, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — The City Council voted Monday evening to approve an amendment to the city’s contract with Cianbro Corp. calling for a guaranteed maximum price of $58,594,619 for the new arena and convention center complex that will replace the Bangor Auditorium.

Councilors voted 8-0 in favor of the amendment. Councilor Charlie Longo was working and not present for the vote, but arrived shortly thereafter for a meeting of the council’s finance committee.

Monday’s special meeting of the council occurred three days before an official groundbreaking, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at Bass Park.

Early estimates pegged the projected cost of the arena at around $65 million.

On Monday night, the council was to meet with Bangor Police Chief Ron Gastia and representatives of various organizations, including The Acadia Hospital, for a workshop session dealing with the problems associated with abuse of bath salts.

At its meeting, the finance committee voted to:

• Waive the formal bidding process and allow Bangor Fire and Bangor Rescue to install a mobile data access point for fire and emergency services active communications to cover a hole in their communications network in the Outer Hammond Street and Odlin Road area.

• Waive the bidding process and acquire an additional radio frequency for the Bangor Fire Department’s communications network through Whitten’s 2-Way radio services to ensure double redundancy for a cost of $62,148.

The committee also voted to allow Bangor International Airport to continue assessing a $4.50 universal fee per passenger to help pay for a $3.2 million passenger travel infrastructure improvement project that will begin later this year and take an estimated three years to complete. The full council also will act on the fee.

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