CARTHAGE AMPHITHEATER PROJECT IN JEOPARDY

CARTHAGE AMPHITHEATER PROJECT IN JEOPARDY

A proposed amphitheater in Carthage is in jeopardy due to a lack of funding. Plans were to construct the amphitheater on the grounds of the former mobile home park on Industrial Drive. During this month’s city council meeting, Jerry Warren, with Warren and Associates, project engineer, informed council members the lowest construction bid for the project was approximately $100,000 more than funds which had been allocated for the project. It was in April when the state announced the city had received a $55,147 grant to help fund the amphitheater.

Grant funds were awarded through the Tennessee Department of Tourism and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s Tourism Enhancement grant program. The proposed amphitheater was to be constructed in phases. Funds were to construct phase one of the project which included a covered stage and mechanical room. The overall project would include restrooms, a theater dressing area and outdoor seating. The overall cost of phase one was estimated at $78,210 with the city providing the additional funds. Warren told council members he could check with the state to see if there are any additional funds available, look at cost-cutting options or re-bid the project. The council did not discuss any of the options.

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