Plans are under way to provide a facelift at the Ardmore Convention Center.
The Ardmore Tourism Authority approved an action during its meeting Thursday morning to advertise for bids for floor replacement. The project is one of several under discussion for the center.
Areas highlighted for repair are roof leaks, cracks in cinder blocks and the overhang, and replacing the exhibit hall floor, as well as staining with a diamond finish. New carpet for the north end of the center was listed, as well as repair of the air wall and new cabinets.
Kornhaas Construction provided the information. Repair discussion also took place on soil stabilization to address future issues.
The authority also approved a motion to declare items as surplus, some of which will be auctioned off and others to be disposed. President and CEO Mita Bates said the authority is following the same process as the city of Ardmore.
During discussions on incentive requests, an incentive of $1,500 was approved for the Bar Nothing Barrel Bash. An incentive of $500 was also approved for a Juneteenth Community Celebration. Some of the information provided did not provide a clear picture of what numbers can be expected from the event, which is in its second year.
“It’s difficult to anticipate what will happen on an event in its infancy; there is no history to go on,” Bates said. “But cultural activities fit with an overall plan.”
An update on the Oklahoma-Texas shootout revealed $5,265 in incentives was paid out this year, up $1,765 from 2013. There was also $7,125 in fees at Regional Park paid out.
During the convention report, plans were discussed to pay down the existing debt on the center. The authority would use excess funds for a $200,000 to $250,000 reduction. There was also discussion on a construction loan for the center. A balloon payment of $715,000 is due in 2020. No action was taken on debt payments.