Willacy looking at nature center’s costs

PORT MANSFIELD — After about five years of planning, WillacyCounty officials will try to lower costs on a project to build a $503,000 nature center.

The project’s lowest-bidding contractor’s proposal came in about $14,000 over budget, engineer Craig Thompson said yesterday.

But Thompson said he will try to bring project costs within his $350,000 construction budget.

“We’ll negotiate with the low bidder to bring it at budget,” Thompson, an engineer with Corpus Christi-based Naismith Engineering, told WillacyCounty commissioners at a meeting Thursday.

Thompson said Edinburg-based G&G Construction proposed the lowest bid out of eight contractors who responded to the county’s request for construction bids in January.

After five years, the clock is ticking on a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s grant.

The county must complete construction by Dec. 31 to keep the grant, Thompson said.

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