Arlington swimming and fitness complex plans up in the air following pricey estimates

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Arlington County officials are considering downsizing, delaying or scrapping plans for a planned indoor swimming and fitness complex after the cost has grown by millions of dollars.

The Washington Post reports County Manager Barbara Donnellan put a hold on the project Jan. 3. That's when construction bids came in "significantly higher" than the $79.3 million that had been expected. It's not clear why the bids came in so much higher than the county architect's expectations.

Last week, the county staff acknowledged the operating costs for the complex also have doubled to $3.8 million annually.

The Long Bridge Park aquatics center would be built on reclaimed land between freeways and railroad tracks in Crystal City. It would feature an Olympic-size pool, pools for teaching and leisure and a "lazy river."