Auditorium proposals due Friday
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The deadline to submit proposals or general expressions of interest to the City of McCook pertaining to the future use of Memorial Auditorium is Friday.
A request for proposals bid package is available on the city website, www.cityofmccook.com, which includes building layout, square footage information and evaluation factors that will be considered by city staff during the proposal review process. The bid package is located under the "Bid Postings" sub-section of the website's "Contact Us" section.
City Manager Jeff Hancock said that local businesses and citizens should not hesitate to submit an expression of interest by Friday. Hancock said that while the city has sought out developers outside of the community he was not sure they would show as strong an interest as those that could be raised locally.
Memorial Auditorium is an approximate 24,000 sq. ft. building one block north of U.S. Highway 6 and 34. The facility has a performance stage and 4,600 sq. ft. gym area with 668 upper level seating, in addition to extensive office space, a kitchen area and storage space in the basement.
The building has most recently served as the home to city administrative offices and for public meetings, in addition to leasing out the gym area throughout the year for performances, wedding and other receptions, dances and for non-profit and other events. The city relocated their administrative offices in January when they completed construction on the new Municipal Center directly across the street, which also serves as the new home to the McCook Police and Fire Departments.
The request for proposals for the building was coordinated at the request of the McCook City Council during a March meeting. Councilors commented at the time that extensive space and multiple options are available and would be considered, ranging from leasing out individual office space to a complete interior renovation of the building.
Interested parties have until 4 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2013, to submit five copies of their proposal to City Manager Jeff Hancock at the Municipal Center on West C Street.