Rapides Coliseum renovation to begin over summer

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — Alliance Design Group has been working for nearly a year to make up for lost time on the Rapides Parish Coliseum renovation project.

The Town Talk reports (http://townta.lk/1oej494 ) Alliance is in the review process with the state Fire Marshal's Office and soon will submit plans to the city of Alexandria. Once permitting is finished, the Rapides Parish Police Jury can advertise for bids from contractors, a process that should take 30 to 45 days.

"Our aggressive (opening) date is early fall 2015," said Alliance principal Bill Tudor. "A more conservative date would be December 2015."

Voters approved a $23 million bond issue — backed by a 2.5-mill property tax — in November 2012 to build what should look and feel like a new arena on the bones of the current Coliseum. Voters also passed a 1-mill tax to fund Coliseum operations over the next 20 years.

Alliance took over the project in August after the firm previously chosen by the Police Jury ran into budgetary problems. Tudor and Alliance previously had spent months working on a design for a renovated Coliseum, which became the basis for the project's $23 million budget.

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Information from: Alexandria Daily Town Talk, http://www.thetowntalk.com

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