FARMINGTON — Planned expansions to the Farmington Civic Center would build more meeting rooms and a banquet hall and enlarge the building's theater, according to city documents.
The city is requesting $3.6 million from the state of New Mexico for the project.
Farmington City Manager Rob Mayes said the project is only in its conceptual stages. It is listed as a No. 5 priority on the city's fiscal year 2015-2019 Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan, or ICIP, which sets the city's state legislature lobbying priorities.
"I don't want to call it a wish list, but if money was no object, that's what we'd love to have funded," Mayes said.
He said the city hasn't dedicated any funds for the project.
The city's lobbyist, Scott Scanland, told city council early this month he's skeptical the project will get funding.
The city's other four capital projects it will lobby for, in order of priority, are the following:
· $19 million for Piñon Hills Boulevard bridge and extension,
· $1.5 million for the detention pond at Porter Arroyo,
· $4 million for Fire Station No. 7 and related equipment and
· $6 million for the replacement waterlines
The Farmington City Council approved the list in August.
In 2000, a task force was formed to recommend improvements to the civic center, Mayes said. In April 2013, the city completed phase one of the center's expansion with part of an $8 million bond package, he said. That expansion remolded the building's exhibit hall.
Phase two of the expansion would allow the center to draw more theater productions and, as a result, boost economic activity, said Cory Styron, the city's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs director.
"We're kind of limited to what we can bring in because of the (stage) space," he said.