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Council to look at funding indoor arena project

Pendleton City Council to look at funding indoor arena project

East Oregonian

Officially a partnership between Blue Mountain Community College and the Pendleton Round-Up Association, an indoor rodeo

Published on January 29, 2018 6:21PM

The Pendleton City Council will hold a special meeting Tuesday to discuss redirecting community development funds the project, currently dubbed “Farm II.”

The indoor arena is envisioned as the next phase of the Facility for Agricultural Resource Management, or FARM, a two-story classroom and lab space surrounded by 100-acres of working farm for the college’s agriculture department.

FARM II would build an indoor arena that is supposed to provide benefits to both the Round-Up and BMCC. The college would expand its animal science and veterinary classes and provide a new arena for the BMCC rodeo team while the Round-Up could use the space to host equine and livestock events during the winter.

The arena is set to be built on the Round-Up campus, which has expanded in the past year to include the former Albertsons building to the south and property across Southwest 18th Street to the east.

Between all the entities, an estimated $10 million needs to be raised in order to build the arena.

The city’s community development fund collects payments from housing loans and makes them available for other programs, such as wood stove replacement and solar system installation programs for residents and businesses.

The city budgeted $568,550 in the 2017-2018 fiscal year for the community development fund.

Before the meeting starts at 7 p.m. in council chambers, the council will meet as the Pendleton Development Commission in the chamber annex to discuss bestowing a demolition grant for a dilapidated home at 356 S.E. Third Street.

Both meetings will be held at Pendleton City Hall, 500 S.W. Dorion Ave.


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