City officials expect work to be done in November

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FARMINGTON — The theater portion of the Farmington Civic Center has reopened and is presenting shows while work continues on the remodeling and expansion of the rest of the building, a city official says.

The Farmington Civic Center reopened for concerts and other shows this month. Country music singer Mark Wills performed on May 24. Gallagher and Artie Fletcher will perform as part of the Jokes on You Comedy Tour Friday evening at the Civic Center.

The $11.5 million project is funded using a fee levied on people staying at hotels in Farmington. The money generated can only be used on projects like the Farmington Civic Center expansion.

Farmington broke ground on the project in November, and the city anticipated it would take about a year to complete. Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs spokeswoman Christa Chapman said the construction is on track to wrap up in November.

The construction has restricted the access points to the Civic Center. People attending events can access the theater portion of the building on the east side off of North Allen Avenue.

The project will make the Civic Center more accessible for people of all physical abilities. It includes a new parking lot on the east side, which will have spaces for people with disabilities to park their cars.

Chapman said work is underway in the meeting rooms section on the west side of the building. The west portion of the building, including the ballroom and meeting rooms, is currently blocked off from the rest of the building.

She said crews are also working on the front courtyard outside the Civic Center. That project includes new landscaping and pathways.

"In lieu of the drought situation, we may delay installing the landscaping," Chapman said.

She said the new plants will be planted once conditions improve.

The city’s goal for the courtyard was to create an area that would be attractive for outdoor events such as concerts and the annual Totah Festival that takes place over Labor Day weekend in September.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 or via email at hgrover@daily-times.com.

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