Indoor Arena Included in Jo Co/Buffalo Economic Study

Johnson County Commissioners
Johnson County Commissioners

In recent weeks, the Johnson County Commissioners have discussed and looked into the possibility of an indoor arena at the Johnson County Fairgrounds.

After concerns were raised by citizens in the county wondering whether it was the best use of county funds, the commission chose to have a feasibility study performed to determine the pros and cons of building an arena.

Originally the county had decided to hire a firm to do the study, for an estimated cost of $32,500 for just the arena. They then chose to add the study for a community building to the original, and the company estimated another $7,000 for that portion.

At Tuesday's meeting, the commissioners discussed an Economic Development Study that is in the process of being finalized that will essentially save the county $39,000 in costs.

The study will be funded through a grant with a $5,000 match from both the county and the City of Buffalo, and will cover the feasibility study of not just an arena, but also a community center at the fairgrounds as well as a number of other economic development possibilities in and around Buffalo.

Commissioner Smokey Wildeman explains.

Wildeman said the firm will begin the study in January and should be done within four months. The firm, he said, has done studies on numerous fairgrounds and city projects around the country, and they specialize in small towns from 5,000 to 10,000 people.

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