Jonesboro Sports Shooting Complex looking at next construction phase

Jonesboro Sports Shooting Complex looking at next construction phase
The bidding for the next phase of construction is back on the table after the original bids were listed too high.

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - The progress with the city’s new Shooting Sports Complex is beginning to move into the next phase.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is partnering with the city on the project and has already received a $2 million grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to go toward the expected $10 million costs.

The next phase is looking into the building and bidding for the baffles at the pistols and rifle range, along with three trap fields.

Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliott told Region 8 News that the original bids were listed a bit too high for the baffles and fields.

The city is looking into whether they will have to rebid or not. As of Monday, they were still looking into all the numbers.

The 2019 bid process work was completed last fall, according to Elliott.

He says the site is taking shape of what is yet to come.

“The pro is we’re going to provide a nice safe place for anybody that’s involved in a shooting sport to come and have a good time and have a place to shoot," says Elliott. "The challenge is always financial. Coming up with funds to finish up the project.”

Back in February 2018, AGFC Director Pat Fitts said, “This part of the state really needs a facility like this because of the shooting sports teams that’s here. It’ll give the young people that compete in Arkansas shooting sports a place to come and have a safe and controlled environment to not only practice but compete.”

It is expected to be completed this year.

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