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El Dorado Auditorium Renovations on Hold

Facility hasn't seen a fix-up in almost 30 years.
EL DORADO, AR (KTVE) - Renovation plans for the city's auditorium are on hold after officials learn that the El Dorado Economic Development Board (EEDB) wants to appear again before the city council.

"That has been the results of some developments with festivals and events, which is a private nonprofit entity that is putting an entertainment district here in the city," says El Dorado Mayor Frank Hash.

The mayor says that the EEDB feels that working on festivals and events, along with renovating the auditorium, is a conflict of interest.

"There is a concern that we may be duplicating our efforts by renovating the auditorium and what festivals and events may be doing also," he says.

The EEDB feels differently.

"I wouldn't say it's a conflict of interest at all," says Alan Gober, treasurer of the EEDB. "However, we do wonder if it makes sense to invest 5.5 million dollars in a renovation of a facility that we will already have one similar."

Gober says the EEDB wants to allow for more discussion.

"We are simply recommending that the council take a second look, make sure. We didn't say don't do it. What we did say was in light of some upcoming announcements, it might make sense to suspend it for a time and reevaluate it," he says.

The EEDB and the council tell us they will continue to work together to find the best solution for the city.

Earlier this week, the El Dorado city council approved the improvement work for the facility that hasn't seen a fix-up in almost 30 years.

Funding for the project is expected to come from the economic development sales tax budget. If needed, the council can also go into their reserve to get more funds.
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