Public Meeting Held On Study of Jo Co Fairgrounds Buildings

Tim Schenk and Eric Voris of GSG Architecture
Tim Schenk and Eric Voris of GSG Architecture

Johnson County's Commissioners hosted a public meeting Wednesday for GSG Architecture of Casper to present their site plan study and related data on a possible indoor arena and a multi-purpose building at the Johnson County Fairgrounds.
Tim Schenk, Eric Voris and Luis Martinez all gave the presentation on recently updated data and findings from the study they completed in 2009.
The preliminary plan site study looked into a 51,000 square-foot indoor arena that could be used for multiple events, similar to the facility completed in recent years in Sublette County. The arena was estimated in 2008 to cost nearly $6.5 million.
Also looked at was a 12,000 square-foot multipurpose community building, which would be double the size of the current building at the fairgrounds.
Estimates in 2008 were $2.7 million for that building.
Both estimates, GSG Architecture stressed, were done in 2008 and their opinion is the facilities would be significantly cheaper to build today.
In 2008, the study found that most of those interviewed believed the community building was the top priority, then the arena and the company conducting the study agreed.
No decision has been made for or against either project, and more studies will be completed to help the commission in any future decision.
Commissioner Smokey Wildeman said the public meeting was helpful.
There will be another workshop scheduled after the beginning of the year.

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