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3/26/08

Council To Put Visitors Center Out For Bid

Thursday morning, the Lubbock City Council is expected to take action on a multi-million dollar visitor information center at 19th Street and Crickets Avenue. On the agenda, how to put the project out for bid.

The current estimated cost for the project is around $6.7-million, but visitors will pick up the tab.

"We've pretty much seen almost all there is to see of Lubbock, I think," Roger Broom said. 

Broom and his family were guests in the Hub City. The California travelers took in a lot of what Lubbock has to offer.

"The Buddy Holly Center was pretty cool. We also saw the Silent Wings Museum," Alex Broom said. 

"I think we're going to see the Wind Power Center, and we saw the Ranching Heritage Center, all that stuff," Roger Broom added. 

On the Broom's next trip, they could see a new attraction. Thursday, Lubbock City Council is set to decide how to put the visitor information center out for bid.

Part of the plans council will consider is moving the Walk of Fame to 19th and Crickets Ave. It would go into a park or green space as part of the new visitor's center.

Lubbock's hotel-motel tax would be used to fund the project. It is money that can only be used to promote tourism, and means resident's taxes won't be affected.

"I think it's a good idea," April Doty said. 

She says a visitor's center could benefit the city, but she would also like leaders use tourism dollars to improve attraction already here - like area parks.

"There are a lot of kids, and they like to have fun too, not just adults, and that way they can bring their kids to the park and have fun with the kids," Doty said. 

Even those footing the bill say a visitor's center can be a valued addition to the city.

"I most certainly do, and if it's done on the same caliber that I've seen so far, very classy, very clean, I think that Lubbock would greatly benefit from it," Roger Broom said. 

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