On Tuesday, the Leon County Board of County Commissioners will consider approval of a $2,698,479 award to the Mejia International Group Corporation to fund improvements to the Apalachee Regional Park Cross Country Facility. The funding will come from the Capital Improvement budget.
The project is part of a master plan is to convert the Solid Waste Management Facility into a “prominent regional park.”
The improvements include a multipurpose building and restroom facility, a finish line structure, a performance stage, sidewalks, landscaping, and wildlife viewing platforms.
If the award is approved the construction will begin in February 2020 and will be completed in December 2020. This is in preparation for hosting the 2021 NCAA National Cross Country Championship.
The award for the construction aligns with the Board’s Quality of Life and Economy Strategic Priorities, which is to maintain and improve the county’s parks and green spaces, promote livability and sense of community, and to grow the local tourism economy.
Additionally, the project is consistent with the Board’s strategic initiative to expand recreational amenities and to continue to boost the county’s competitiveness in attracting national and regional running championships. The Board has a 5-year target of attracting 80 state, regional, or national championships across all sports.
In December 2019 the bid for the Apalachee Regional Park Cross Country Facility improvements had been advertised locally and through Procurement Connect, resulting in three bids on January 16, 2020. The lowest bid was submitted by the Mejia International Group Corporation.
The Mejia International Group Corporation stated if they are granted the contract they will reach out to local Minority and Women owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) firms for subcontracting in order to meet the MWSBE Division aspirational targets of 17% for minority participation.