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City Council to finalize bond sale for remodel

Council will likely finalize bond agreement to fund renovation of Civic Center

Hannah Grover
hgrover@daily-times.com
During its Wednesday meeting, the City Council will discuss renovations at the Farmington Civic Center, pictured here on Sept. 16.

FARMINGTON — The Farmington City Council will discuss renovations at the Farmington Civic Center during a meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 800 N. Municipal Drive.

The Civic Center remodel will include expanding the building and upgrading the facility.

City Manager Rob Mayes said the meeting is the final formality needed to approve the project's funding. The project is paid for through a bond sale, which will occur this week. The city will pay for the bonds using a fund generated by a fee visitors pay each night to stay in a hotel.

During a work session earlier this month, Mayor Tommy Roberts asked for the update after learning that one of the city's larger hotels — the Red Lion Hotel on Scott Avenue — had closed. The hotel went into foreclosure earlier this year and has since been boarded up, according to city officials.

Farmington city officials say they do no expect the closure of the Red Lion Hotel, pictured Nov. 15, to affected the funds available for the renovation of  the Farmington Civic Center.

Mayes said he is not concerned the hotel's closure will decrease available funds. He said the city has had several hotels constructed recently that will likely absorb the impact of Red Lion's closure.

"What matters is people are still coming and staying in hotels," he said.

Still, he said, he hopes a new owner will buy the old Red Lion Hotel and renovate it.

"That property has a prime location by the river," he said.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.

The inside of the Farmington Civic Center is pictured Sept. 16. During its Wednesday meeting, the City Council will discuss renovations at the Civic Center.