City officials have met with the lowest bidder and the project architect to go over options for reducing the cost. After adjustments to the project, the city will put it back out for new bids in a few weeks. Eventually, the city wants to have a complex of 13 ballfields, permanent concession stands, restroom buildings, lighting and a batting cage. The baseball complex is a major component of the transformation of the 70-acre former fairgrounds at Avenue I and Division Street into a multi-use area. That effort includes the development of the Lancaster University Center in the former Challenger Hall exhibit building, the establishment of the Antelope Valley Boys and Girls Club in the former watch-and-wager building, and housing and commercial developments. The complex will not only accommodate local sports programs, but also will be available for tournaments much in the same way the city uses its soccer and softball fields to attract tournaments and sports tourism dollars. The city will receive $250,000 from the federal government for the fields. At the request of Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, funding for the complex was included in the Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development, Judiciary and District of Columbia Appropriations Act. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card LANCASTER – City officials will wait for another pitch after construction companies’ bids to build baseball fields at the former fairgrounds came in much higher than the $5.8 million estimate. Lancaster officials had hoped to award a contract this month for the construction of 10 ballfields for a new baseball complex, but the three bids ranged from $12.2 million to $13.2 million. The higher prices are the result of the California building boom that is keeping construction companies busy and raising costs across the state, officials said. “We might reduce the scope of the project,” said Lyle Norton, the city’s director of parks, recreation and arts. “We might leave four or five fields out.” Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!