GBAD to Consider Auditorium Options Monday

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With a year of rancor behind it, resulting in funding the Boise Convention and Visitor's Bureau to the tune of $228,000, the Greater Boise Auditorium District gets down to business Monday to consider the possible expansion of the existing convention center or building a new one.

GBAD needs to determine if adding on another story to the Boise Centre would be the best solution to attract larger conventions to the City of Trees. The current layout of the Boise Centre has 85,000 square feet, and a recent study commissioned by GBAD indicated that the center could use an additional 78,000 feet. Alternately, the board is looking at several land parcels in the downtown area to build a new center.

Meanwhile two issues of controversy continue to surround GBAD. First, Steve Schmader and Mike Sullivan! who lost efforts to joing the board in an election last May, are circulating a petition to disolve GBAD. They would need to gather a minimum of 3,000 signatures to put the issue on a ballot.

Additionally, GBAD watchers will be looking to see if board member Mike Fitzgerald will be attending Monday's meeting. He hasn't physically been in the room for a board meeting in months, since taking a job in Eastern Idaho. In August, Fitzgerald reminded BW that he and his wife were still residents of the auditorium district, but he had no idea when he would be moving back to the area full time.

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