Cumberland County hires representative for multi-purpose center

At a price tag of $2.2 million, the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners on Monday hired a company to represent the board during the procurement and construction of a multi-purpose event center.

“It’s a big day for Cumberland County,” Commissioner Jimmy Keefe said.

In September, a study showed strong support for a center among county residents, leading a consulting firm to recommend that the county build an 80,000-square-foot, multipurpose facility that could seat more than 2,000 people.

On Monday, the board signed a contract with MBP Carolinas, an engineering consulting firm based in Virginia with an office in Raleigh, that included the review of up to four potential sites, design management, cost estimation, construction inspection and liaison duties for the $80 million projects.

The Cumberland County Multi-purpose Event Center Committee on March 23 supported the $2.2 million contract with additions including regular updates on the project to the committee. MBP Carolinas agreed to those changes before Monday.

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