The Richland City Council rejected in a unanimous vote Tuesday the only bid to build the first phase of the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center.
Apollo Inc.'s bid of $4 million exceeded the Jones & Jones engineer's estimation for the project by $1.1 million but there were no other bidders.
In June the Richland Public Facilities District board investigated options for scaling back the entire project. The facilities district board unanimously voted June 18 to recommend that Richland reject Apollo's bid.
The rejected bid could affect federal funding if construction doesn't begin soon, Steve Simmons, a facilities district board member, said during the council meeting.
"We need to start showing proof that we can get it done with the funds at hand," he said.
Despite setbacks, Simmons reassured the council that the center will be built.
"It may not be the original grand version, but it will be something the city and region is proud of," he said.