LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) – A year ago at this point, the steering committee expected steady progress on the highly anticipated Lubbock County Expo Center, but the ground hasn’t even been broken yet and it’s unclear not when the center finally becomes a reality.
“We’re just not able to go out there and start moving dirt like we hoped we could,” President Randy Jordan said.
The new venture was slated to be completed by April 2022, but is now at least 18 months behind schedule.
“We went from having our foot on the accelerator, talking about planning and schematic design, raising money one day, hitting the bricks the next day,” he said.
The county approved the zoning change for the land at North Loop 289 and the University of the North in March 2020. A week later, the pandemic struck.
It was the first roadblock to reverse the project. Now a sluggish economy and skyrocketing construction costs have put it on hold indefinitely.
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“The best thing for us to do right now is to be patient, to control the things that we can control. So when these costs and these things moderate and the economy returns, we’ll be ready to start construction. To say when it’s going to be, nobody knows, ”Jordan said.
But despite the delays, the committee did not lose sight of its ultimate goal.
“It’s been more steps, longer than expected, but we’ll get there. And when we do, the people of Lubbock County will be very, very proud of what we put in place, ”he said.
They don’t have a new cost estimate at this time other than the $ 60 million that has already been projected.
But there is good news. Jordan reports that the hotel occupancy tax (HOT) and short-term car rental tax, which partially fund the project, are doing better and better each month.
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