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Progress Report for Events Center

IFAD board approves key projects

Published online: Mar 06, 2018 Articles, East Idaho Business
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The Board of Directors of the Idaho Falls Auditorium District (IFAD) approved two key projects at its most recent public meeting on February 27th.

The first was the selection of Convention Sports & Leisure International (CSL) of Minneapolis, Minnesota as the firm to conduct a new feasibility study on behalf of the District.

“We are in the contract negotiation phase with CSL and expect to be ready to launch the study by mid-March,” said IFAD Executive Director Chip Scott. “The study is to replace an older version to reflect the strong economic growth of the region since the last study was completed."

The Board of Directors also voted to accept and approve a development agreement with Pioneer Front Properties, LLC, a subsidiary of Ball Ventures, LLC which confirmed the donation of 23 acres of land located in Snake River Landing, for the construction of a multi-use events center.

“As a Board, we are very excited to have completed this step and are grateful to Ball Ventures and Snake River Landing for their generous donation," said Board Chair Terri Gazdik. “With this agreement in place, we are now able to begin pre-construction which will involve completing an extension of Event Center Drive along with public improvements such as required bridges and utilities."

Work will begin in the Fall and continue through much of 2019. Construction of the road and bridges will be managed by Snake River Landing.

Executive Director Chip Scott echoed Board Chair Gazdik’s excitement.

“This is a big step in what has been a lengthy process but is a strong indicator that the proposed events center is alive and moving forward,” Scott said. “I applaud the Board of Directors for their leadership and commitment to this project.”

For more information, please contact Chip Scott at 208-881-9585 or email at cscott@idahofallsauditoriumdistrict.com.

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