Jon Austria/The Daily TimesFarmington Mayor Tommy Roberts stands with members of the Farmington Chamber’s Redcoats during a ribbon cutting ceremony
Jon Austria/The Daily Times Farmington Mayor Tommy Roberts stands with members of the Farmington Chamber's Redcoats during a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Farmington Civic Center on Thursday.
FARMINGTON — Farmington's Civic Center exhibit hall has a new face.

City officials and Farmington Chamber of Commerce members gathered in the center's newly renovated exhibit hall to celebrate the completion of a roughly $1 million remodel.

"I'm very pleased with the finished product," said Mayor Tommy Roberts. "It's going to be a very functional meeting place. It definitely gives you the feel of a very nice banquet hall."

The project began with a proposal to create a more user-friendly space. The new space features new carpet, ceiling and walls and audio-visual equipment with the aim of attracting a greater variety of events, such as wedding receptions and banquets.

"I think it's really awesome," said James Henderson, Farmington Chamber of Commerce member and former San Juan County Commission chairman. "I think it's going to have some use. We didn't realize that this room was limited in its original form."

The new hall features folding partitions that allow for a variety of room configurations, including a grand ballroom of about 7,924 square feet. The space can also be arranged into three separate rooms or five meeting rooms.

"I can't believe it's the same room," said Mary Ann Gipson, a chamber of commerce member. "It's beautiful."

The project was funded through a $9.1 million bond measure the city council adopted in early 2012. The project plan also included proposals for the new regional animal shelter, Farmington Museum expansion, Fire Station One and the Lakewood Detention Pond.

"As a result of solid financial planning, we've been able to find the funds without adverse impact to our budget," Roberts said.

The bond measure refinanced city debt from Fire Station Six and the library, according to information provided by Mayes for a Sept.
Jon Austria/The Daily TimesCommunity and city leaders celebrate improvements at the Farmington Civic Center Thursday afternoon.
Jon Austria/The Daily Times Community and city leaders celebrate improvements at the Farmington Civic Center Thursday afternoon.
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"We're very excited about the improvements to the Civic Center," said Lisa Hutchens, the center's supervisor. "We're very excited to welcome businesses for meetings. It's an amazing transformation that's much more flexible for meeting space."

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