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Public meeting for proposed Kanab Civic Center
The Kane County Commission is encouraging Kanab City residents and others from throughout the county to attend a public hearing where plans for a $10,500,000 civic center to be located in Kanab will be discussed. The hearing is set for Monday, September 21, at 5 p.m., in the Commission Chambers of the County Courthouse, located at 76 North Main in Kanab.
The county is seeking funding from the Utah Community Impact Board. The proposed funding being sought would be a grant of $5,250,000 and a 30-year loan at 2 percent for $1,500,000. The county has already set aside $1,250,000 as its upfront contribution to build the facility. The 30-year loan will be paid from Transient Room Taxes generated by motels in the county. The Kane School District owns the 13 acres where the old Kanab High/Middle School stands and will be contributing the land that is valued in the neighborhood of $2,500,000 to the project. The project is a partnership between Kane School District, Kanab City, Kanab Senior Citizen Center and Kane County.
The Civic Center proposal consists of five buildings that will create a campus type of feel. Two completely new buildings would be constructed and three would be remodels of existing structures. The proposed buildings and their uses are as follows:
Kanab Heritage Museum (old Public Library): would be completely restored inside and out to its original state and also bring electrical and other mechanical systems up to current codes.
Conference Center: a new 12,000 sq. ft. building capable of facilitating meetings of up to 600 people and dinners of 400 people. It would also provide reception facilities complete with a catering kitchen.
Future Ancient History Museum: The building currently housing the old gym would be remodeled, but would continue to be used for sporting events and other large gatherings. It would also provide a practice space for the Symphony of the Canyons. The plan is for this building to be converted to an ancient history museum down the road.
Kanab City Offices: The administrative office for Kanab City would be moved into a remodeled section of what is presently referred to as the Annex. This space would be cosmetically upgraded.
Kanab Senior Center: The other half of the Annex building would become home to the Senior Center with cosmetic upgrades and the addition of a kitchen.
Event Center: This building would be new and approximately 23,000 sq. ft. in size. It will house two removal basketball/volleyball courts, and also contain several medium to large flex-rooms. When the courts are removed and bleachers compressed, this building would provide one large open concrete floor space of around 15,000 sq. ft. where expos, car shows, quilt shows, etc. could be held.
Amphitheater: This outdoor facility space would provide temporary seating for 500+ people to view outdoor entertainment.
The public is encouraged to attend the public hearing to ask questions and state their feelings about this project.