A city finance committee tasked to review the feasibility study for a renovated Memorial Hall found that revenue projections were realistic but also recommended the city devise a marketing plan.
Committee co-chairs Tom Franz and Russ Alcorn spoke at a Joplin City Council meeting May 10 on the details of the committee’s recommendation and how it was formulated.
The city hired two firms, SFS Architecture Inc. of Kansas City and Ballard King & Associates of Highland Park, Colorado, to prepare the feasibility study.
SFS examined potential uses for the hall and the spaces and then created renderings of what those spaces could look like along with an annex proposed to the west side of the building.
The firms recommended a $25 million plan to repair and remodel the hall. The design calls for flexible spaces that include accommodations for stage performances, meeting rooms, banquets, recreation programs and a variety of other events.
The council this coming Monday will consider whether to approve proposed ballot language that would ask voters next April to approve up to $30 million in general obligation bonds for the project.
The city’s finance director, Leslie Haase, said the city’s bonding consultants recommended that voters be asked for more than the estimated $25 million construction costs because projects can run into unforeseen expenses. She said…