Negotiations with a group led by Thomas Fritzel
- which has proposed to finance and own the 181,000-square-foot recreation center and lease it back to the city on a 20-year lease-purchase agreement - also are not complete.
As proposed, the city would pay Fritzel's
group $24 million over 20 years as part of a lease-purchase agreement.
The $24 million would come from an existing sales tax that has been used to pay for previous recreation projects and also the Lawrence-Douglas County Community Health Building.
Debts on those projects are set to be retired, and commissioners are proposing to use the newly freed-up money on the recreation center.
To this point, the city's cost of $24 million - plus several million dollars to extend infrastructure to the site - has held steady.
But Schumm confirmed other details of the proposed agreement with Fritzel's
group have changed.
Previously, the city said Fritzel, who is an executive with Gene Fritzel Construction Co., had agreed that no Fritzel entity would bid on building the recreation center.
But now, according to Schumm, Fritzel
has said he
does want Fritzel entities to be able to bid on the project.
In addition, Fritzel
is proposing a nontraditional bid process.
The Bliss Foundation board is Thomas Fritzel
, 209 Fall Creek, Lawrence Kansas, Dru Fritzel, 209 Fall Creek, Lawrence Kansas, Kimberly Cox, Madison New Jersey, Jacqueline Lewis, Georgetown Massachusetts, and Ann Ozorkiewicz, 3707 West 6th Lawrence, Kansas.