City exploring expansion to Civic Center - FOX34 Lubbock

City exploring expansion to Civic Center

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The City is exploring whether the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center will be expanded.

Built in 1977, the Civic Center has had some upgrades over the last four decades. But overall, the amount of meeting and exhibit space has remained the same.

Lisa Thomason, director of the Civic Center, said last year the city conducted a feasibility study to determine if the Civic Center needed to expand.

"That study did determine that more space was needed, we needed more exhibit space, more banquet space, and more meeting room space," Thomason said.

The next step, she said, is to come up with preliminary ideas to see where these spaces could go on the property that is available.

"...and how it would function with the Civic Center as it exists today, and how all those spaces would tie together, and then to put costs associated with that to see for future planning purposes, what the citizens want to see in their civic center," Thomason said.

A hotel is also included in potential plans. It is slated to be in the north parking lot.

John Osborne, president and CEO of the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance (LEDA), said the city has a few venues, but each has limitations that make it difficult to host certain groups.

"Expanding the Civic Center and adding exhibit hall space and meeting space would make it much easier to host both statewide and regional type groups in the Civic Center," Osborne said.

Making room for these outside groups also brings economic impact to our city, Osborne said.

"People are coming from other areas of the state, of the region or possibly the nation, there's an economic impact," Thomason said. "Those people have to eat and sleep go and shop in our city, and that's a great thing."

The funds for the expansion are not yet set, Thomason said, and most likely voters will be asked to approve the amount in the future.

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