Salt Lake City, Utah – December 12, 2008 – (RealEstateRama) – The Utah Permanent Community Impact Board (CIB) Thursday approved $2.6 million in enhancements to the Sevier County Fairgrounds.
About $600,000 will come as a grant, and the rest as a 30 year loan at zero percent interest. Combined with $1 million in county funds, the money will pay for grandstand seating, a concessions stand and announcer’s booth, more parking and other upgrades.
New lighting will enable the facility to host evening events. An exhibit hall will cater to various community functions and larger animal stalls will be available for rent by private groups and citizens. The grounds also will be made more accessible to people with disabilities.
“These upgrades will enable the facility to capture more revenue and keep the county fair going,” said new CIB board member and Sanpete County Commissioner Claudia Jarrett. “The current fairground site is more than 70 years old. Due to normal wear and tear, some of the buildings pose a public safety hazard.”
The Community Impact Board awards grants and low-interest loans to cities, towns and counties impacted by mining and the extraction of oil and gas on federal land. Most of the money benefits rural Utah and is spent creating safer, more liveable communities. The program is managed by the Division of Housing and Community Development under the Utah Department of Community and Culture.