The project includes a 54,000-square-foot conference center with an attached 168-room hotel, an 18,000-square-foot main ballroom and a 6,000-square-foot junior ballroom which both split into smaller configurations to accommodate varying layouts.
Community leaders developed a tax-incremental financing district to help fund the acquisition of the land, the former Sears Automotive Center site. In addition, a portion of the City’s hotel room tax revenues will be used to finance the construction of the Conference Center, eliminating most if not all costs from general city revenues.
Construction for the project is expected to begin in the fall with plans to open the center in early 2020. The conference center is already accepting event bookings.