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Latest cost estimate for new City Hall in Fargo is $9 million less than lowest bid in March


FARGO, North Dakota — The latest cost estimate for a proposed new City Hall in Fargo puts the price tag at about $22 million, significantly less than the lowest bid of $31 million submitted for the project last spring.

City officials decided in March to redesign the project after the bids came in 10 percent higher than expected.

Mayor Tim Mahoney tells KFGO radio (http://bit.ly/1iTEsST ) that he's "tickled pink" by the lower cost estimate. Acting City Administrator Bruce Grubb says bids could be let next spring, with construction starting as early as May.

City Commissioner Tony Gehrig says he still has problems with the proposed location of the new City Hall, which is in the flood zone.

City commissioners will see a formal proposal on cost and a construction timeline later this month.

Information from: KFGO-AM, http://www.kfgo.com

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