Friday, April 26, 2013

Press: New Sports Arena Eyed for North Idaho, But $15 Million Needed From Urban Renewal Agency

Posted By on Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 9:20 AM

Officials in Idaho's panhandle say they're tired of losing events to Spokane because they don't have an appropriate arena for sports, concerts and trade shows.

That's why North Idaho College is looking at a $15 million plan to construct a new sports facility in Coeur d'Alene's Riverstone development about two miles north of NIC. This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that "the college's desire for the project is there, but not the financing."

NIC is turning to Lake City Development Corporation, Coeur d'Alene's urban renewal agency, for a possible $10 million commitment to the project.

"We know in some fashion we can help," said LCDC board member Brad Jordan. "We just don't know how much."

The Press reports that officials with NIC could stand before LCDC with a formal request to help fund the project as early as this September. The proposed land for the arena is expected to cost approximately $2.5 million and construction is pegged at approximately $12.5 million.

NIC's existing athletic facility, Christianson Gymnasium, was built in 1949.

"Most high schools have a better facility than what NIC has," NIC President Joe Dunlap told the Press.

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