Jackson company works with Monroe, La. on new arena

January 2, 2013

Business

MONROE, La. — A feasibility study will begin this month as officials in Monroe consider construction of a new arena.

Mayor Jamie Mayo says the study would be conducted by an architectural firm and would take about 90 days to complete.

In November, the Monroe City Council approved the $95,000 contract with M3A Architecture, based in Jackson, Miss., to allow the consulting firm to begin work on the study.

M3A Architecture is expected to conduct a study to determine the feasibility for the city of Monroe to construct a new arena with the possibility of a four-star hotel near it.

“What we hope to see is a study that will say this market, the city of Monroe and Ouachita Parish, can accommodate an arena with a capacity of 10,000 up to 14,000,” Mayo said.

According to Mayo, the study will feature focus groups and surveys conducted by M3A to determine how much such a location would cost, how long it would take to build and if there is a necessity for such a facility.

“They will talk to business owners, citizens and government officials and find out what they would like to see,” Mayo said. He said the study could also determine if a new facility would be built where the Civic Center currently sits or should be built elsewhere.

After the $35 million Monroe Regional Airport terminal project was completed, Mayo said the new arena became one of the top priorities for the city.

City officials have said repeatedly for Monroe to attract top-level entertainment, the city needed an arena that seats 10,000 to 14,000 people.

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