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Proposed renovation to Memorial Hall includes:
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Question #1 on the ballot will read:
“Shall the City Council of the City of Joplin, Missouri be authorized to issue general obligation bonds in the amount not to exceed $30,000,000 to reconstruct, renovate, expand, and improve Memorial Hall, and to improve related parking?”
Property tax ends with the repayment of the bonds, which will be no more than twenty years.
Memorial Hall is a multipurpose facility and has served this community in numerous ways. This would continue and highlight these 4 Pillars of Focus:
Meeting and Event Space
In most recent years utilization of Memorial Hall has evolved with new venues opening such as several area casinos that now offer concerts and other productions that were once hosted in Joplin.
In addition, Joplin Schools included a performing arts center to seat nearly 1,200 people when it was rebuilt in 2014. In 2022 Connect 2 Culture will open The Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, with a 450-seat performance hall. Located just to the north of Memorial Hall, the Complex will offer other amenities for both indoor and outdoor entertainment.
These additions created other concert opportunities in our area that didn’t exist in the past, and Memorial Hall may not be the right fit for today’s artists or promoters. Upon the bond approval, the City will continue to work with groups and organizations to offer various types of events and activities for our community, as we have in the past.