12/10/2012 - City commission receives proposal for $8.7 million Bicentennial Center renovation
City commission receives proposal for $8.7 million Bicentennial Center renovation
At a Monday afternoon Salina City Commission study session, Bicentennial Center Manager Chris Bird proposed an $8.7 million renovation of the 33-year-old event center.
The project calls for a remodeled exterior entrance and interior lobby, a revamped street-entrance marquee from Ohio Street that would give greater visibility from that street; upgraded roof steel and rigging grid, sound system, installation of energy-efficient LED lighting, and remodeling of the concession and kitchen areas.
The upgrades are necessary to compete successfully with similar venues around the state, Bird said.
Commissioners showed some support for the project, but also questioned some elements of it.
For example, Commissioner Samantha Angell questioned whether the $150,000 devoted to a public-art element was necessary, and Commissioner Kaye Crawford said the sound system definitely needed to be replaced, but she wasn’t convinced that the entrances needed to be revamped.
Commissioner Aaron Householter and Mayor Norm Jennings expressed general support for the project, which, if approved, would be included in the city’s Capital Improvement Plan. Finance Director Rod Franz said the project could fit into the CIP if the commission desired to do it.
A formal vote on the matter will take place at a future city commission meeting.