According to a report from DeSoto-Times Tribune, bids to build Southaven, Mississippi’s, long-planned Fire Station 5 came in at more than $1 million under cost projections, and town officials now expect to break ground on the station within the next 45 days.
On February 16, Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite told the Board of Aldermen that the bids were a lot lower than expected. Musselwhite said he is pleased the bids came in much lower than anticipated. The city originally estimated the project to cost about $5.5 million. The mayor said he believes the final cost will be around $4.5 million, with additional fees added in.
The city awarded the job to Legacy Construction Services of Rossville, Tennessee, with the winning bid coming in at $3,871,938. The next lowest bidder was C&M Builders at $4,163,000. Seven other bidders ranged from $4,199,000 to $4,540,000.
Fire Station 5 will be located on Star Landing Road next to the big curve just west of Getwell Road. The facility was designed by A2H with a dual front design to accommodate future road changes with Star Landing. Construction will take 400 days to complete.
The new station, combined with Southaven’s aggressive fire hydrant expansion plan and its adoption of the most recent building codes will improve the town’s “Class 3” ISO fire rating. Currently, there are just five cities in the state of Mississippi with a higher fire rating than Southaven’s.