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Fieldhouse Petition Submitted

KSAL Staff - April 25, 2016 3:11 pm

John Price submits the petition Monday morning.

Organizers hoping to bring the Fieldhouse Salina project to a public vote turned in a petition Monday morning to the City of Salina clerk’s office.

The petition asks that the amount of bonds that the city could contribute to the project revert back to what was originally budgeted for the project, $4.5 million.

In 2015 the city had agreed to contribute up to $4.5 million to the project, with supporters raising private funds for the rest. Since that time Salina City Commissioners approved contributing $7 million to the project. The project was initially expected to cost $9 million total. But that total was based on 2013 estimates. Since that time

The petition was put together by Salinans John Price and Ray Hruska. Price is a county commissioner, while Hruska is a concerned citizen who attends numerous city and county public meetings.

The two tell KSAL News that they simply want the public to vote on the multi-million dollar project. Price added that a public vote might not necessarily be needed, if the city commissioner would take it upon themselves to go ahead and revert back to the original funding amount.

To bring the issue to a public vote, 518 valid signatures are required on the petition. Hruska said that they had gathered “about 700 signatures.” The deadline to turn in the petition was Tuesday at 5:00.  The Salina City Clerk’s Office will check over the petition, and number each page. It will then be forwarded to the Saline County Clerk’s Office to validate the signatures.

Fieldhouse Salina is expected to help generate other projects, and investors. Potential projects include, but are not limited to:

  • A high-end, 120-room, five-story hotel on Mulberry between Santa Fe and Fifth streets built by Salina-based Blue Beacon International.
  • Two museums, including the “Wings Over Salina Aviation Experience” and an automobile museum.
  • A bowling alley and indoor fun center.

Plans also include narrowing Santa Fe from a four-lane street to a three-lane street. Traffic would flow in one lane in each direction, with a center turning lane. The redesign would open up more sidewalk space, thus opening up outdoor seating for downtown businesses.

 

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