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Southaven awards contract to build storm shelter to double as multipurpose facility


SOUTHAVEN, Mississippi — The city of Southaven is spending $2.66 million for a storm shelter will double as a community multipurpose facility.

The city board of aldermen on Tuesday awarded the contract to the lower bidder, Murphy and Sons Inc. of Southaven.

The Commercial Appeal reports ( ) the shelter will be placed on U.S. Highway 51 near the Southaven Arena.

City Administrator Chris Wilson said the project timetable calls for completion by December, but added: "That will probably have to be pushed back because of weather."

The city began discussing the project more than five years ago after receiving a federal grant that will cover most of the cost. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency are funding the project under a 95/5 federal-to-local match.

The city plans to use the facility as an emergency shelter during severe weather but having it available to host a variety of community events the rest of the time.

Wilson said seven bids were submitted for the project when bids were opened Jan. 28.

Information from: The Commercial Appeal,

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