Gas City Redevelopment Commission President said the rendering pictured here is the most accurate depiction of what the new $13 million civic center auditorium will look like when it is completed in 2021. The project is currently in the bidding process. Illustration provided by Gas City
Gas City Redevelopment Commission President said the rendering pictured here is the most accurate depiction of what the new $13 million civic center auditorium will look like when it is completed in 2021. The project is currently in the bidding process. Illustration provided by Gas City
Gas City will soon be competing with places like the Honeywell Center to sign big-name artists after city officials formally began the bidding process for the Gas City auditorium project Tuesday.

The Gas City Redevelopment Commission met Tuesday to begin the process of giving contracts to build the new auditorium, which will seat 1,674 people. Redevelopment Commission President Jim Spurgeon said the project blueprints “meet requirements to host big-name entertainment” like other venues in the region.

“This will also benefit our children that wish to pursue a career in the Arts,” Spurgeon said following the meeting in a public Facebook post. “Thanks to Mayor Rock, City Clerk Karen Wood, the Mississinewa School Administration and School Board, the Gas City Council, City Engineer Jason Miller, City Attorneys and the Gas City Redevelopment Commission team for rolling up our sleeves and moving this forward to completion. Gas City continues to shine .... we are no longer a drive thru community but now a destination to live, work, and raise a family.”

Spurgeon noted in a comment that two large booking agencies advised them that having more than 1,500 seats would help bring big names to Gas City.

The project is a collaborative effort between the city of Gas City and the Mississinewa Community Schools corporation, and the building will hold private events, public events and school-sanctioned events. School officials said they’ve been in need of an auditorium for a while, so they were eager to join forces to make the project happen, according to previous reports.

County and public officials from the area also showed their support of the project announcement, saying that things which are good for Gas City are good for Grant County.

“As a member of the Grant County Council I am in favor of the great project,” Mike Roorbach said. “If you need my approval you have it. A great idea and it appears to be well planned. Thank you to all involved.”

Mayor Bill Rock said the project will have a “huge impact” to the community and surrounding communities. He said they have more projects they hope to announce soon, as well.

The project is expected to cost $13 million but the city is seeking a $15 million bond to cover the costs, Rock said.

The city says site development should begin this summer, and the project is planned to be finished by the summer of 2021.

The commission approved the expansion of a TIF district to include the proposed site, which will be near McDonalds. The RDC also approved a TIF bond issuance not to exceed $12 million late last year.
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