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3 projects for Coliseum get go-ahead

– Renovations at Memorial Coliseum will continue after the Allen County commissioners approved three construction-related bids Friday.

A $2.3 million project is the second phase of a renovation project of the arena’s 200 level, which included three new food concessions in two concourses and remodeled restrooms.

“We are finishing the renovation of the arena restrooms and remodeling the corridors,” Coliseum General Manager Randy Brown said.

The second phase also includes the installation of more handrails in the center aisles of the arena, he said.

“We’ve had as much feedback from those handrails as anything else,” he said. “People like them.”

Commissioners approved three bids, including:

•$2.3 million to James S. Jackson Co., Bluffton, to renovate the concourse and restrooms

•$323,525 to CMS Roofing, Fort Wayne, to reroof the Appleseed Room and arena ramps

•$173,500 to MSKTD & Associates Inc., Fort Wayne, for architectural services for the project

The projects are expected to start in May and be completed by September, Brown said.

Commissioner Nelson Peters asked about naming certain areas in honor of former Coliseum board members who had contributed heavily to the Coliseum’s success, including Jack Lehman, Dick Inskeep and Jerry Dehner.

“I’m so happy to hear you suggest that,” Brown said, “I will work on it and keep it in mind as we move forward,” he said.