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Event center would be a positive game-changer for Rocky Mount

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While waiting in line one evening at the Booker T. Theater for the Downtown Live! performance, which was moved inside because of the weather, I thought back to some of the many recent events that have taken place downtown.

We were forced to wait in line because they had reached capacity and would only let someone in when someone else left. I faced a similar situation at a packed Prime Smokehouse for their Mother’s Day brunch. Early in May, 500 runners and supporters gathered in front of the Imperial Centre for the Rocky Mount Rocket Mile run.

Lawn chair theater began recently so there were scores of parents and children sitting on blankets and chairs watching movies in the dark in downtown Rocky Mount for about the fourth or fifth year.

Yes, people will and are coming to downtown Rocky Mount, which is why I think this is the right time to continue to explore the options for constructing the proposed event center. When I look at the Douglas Block project, the sports complex and the Imperial Centre, I have to say that this administration has a track record. They also have a positive feasibility report. They have a number of finance options presented by their finance team. The city’s financial adviser stated that the city was in a good position to take on the financing debt and still continue with existing tax-supported debt. Our crime rate is the lowest since the 1980s, according to our police chief.

The time to act is now. We cannot wait another 40 to 70 years. One reason to move now is noted in the feasibility report that “at least one other city also considered such a facility in the past, but was unable to build because of funding.” What a shame it would be for some other city to sneak in and capitalize on Rocky Mount’s efforts. I believe if done properly, this will be a real positive game-changer for the city. I hope that this administration will continue with caution to explore all the options available to proceed with this project, and I hope all the pieces fall into place to make the event center a reality. I would love to be in line for the opening event.

PAUL HINES

Rocky Mount

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the booker t venue

who the hell would want to visit the booker t venue for an event? the only thing it gets you is possibly a mugging, an assault, or someone attempting to send you to meet jesus. it may shine, it may be purty..........but booker t/douglas block still in one of the worst places to go in rocky mount.

So we're expected to pay for this

Jobs are low, taxes are high, utilities among the highest in the state, crime is still pretty high (reclassifying crime doesn't reduce it except on paper), and the city falls on some pretty shameful lists in nationwide surveys. Yes, the city council certainly does have a track record. So we're expected to pay for this simply so you and a small number can enjoy convenience. The burden doesn't fall on the city, it falls on the residents. An event center is certainly a game changer, especially for anyone on a fixed income or retired and trying to make ends meet. Anyone who thinks that the tax burden can remain the same with the taking on of additional debt should be accessed a extra portion to spare those who understand that the tax payers are the ones who will pay. Is it morally right to expect others to pay so that some can enjoy and use something? Is that what we have come to when people think only of themselves and their pleasure. When the city can boast low unemployement, low crime, great schools, and below average taxes and utilities, then we can consider some frills for some to enjoy. Otherwise it time to put it to a referendum and let the tax payers have a say - for better or worse. It should be their choice. If it's attractive enough and beneficial enough I'm sure the citizens would approve, if not, then they should be able to say NO!

Yes,

Key word "we're", nothing was said when the Arts Center, Library, City Hall, Train Station, Sports Complex, YMCA, ect. all in Nash County that poor blacks Don't enjoy or utilize but their tax dollars were used. You're not the only tax paying people in Rocky Mount, as a matter of fact the poor pay more to live in the same city as you, the poor are the underserved when it comes to city services, the have-nots pay 100% but only receive 10% of benefits. I don't care if they put a pole in a hole in the ground as long as it creates jobs for a section of the city that is suffering and has been exiled by it's well-to-do citizens. The time has come and gone, it's time to invest in Edgecombe County with you, without you or through you, the POOR PEOPLE SUFFERING in poverty in Edgecombe County deserve better from the haves. Some people with so much money and don't know what to do with it are a shame and reproach to the city. You bch about money when you spent $4 million dollars in one day to rename a building and install sewer lines going no where in Nash County. SHAME ON YOU!!!!

Event Center

An even larger event center would be an even bigger positive game changer. Garth Brooks is having trouble getting the folks in Ireland to let him have 5 concerts there. Just think how popular we would be if we had an event center large enough to host Garth Brooks. YES, I say we should build a center that will hold at least 100,000 people. We could host all the concerts on the east coast. No doubt, we could even start accepting jets at our airport that is barely being used.

event

Im so tired of driving to raleigh,fay.dur.etc.I sure hope it comes an soon.move forward council PLZ

question

Lawn Chair Theatre and Downtown Live as well as other events are free which is why people are coming downtown. What would attendance look like if people had to pay to participate in these events at an event center or would these events be free?

Do it now!

Make it happen!

You're Not That Smart, Are Ya?

Can you do math? Heck, if you can't the numbers have been done for ya. Can you read? Cause if you could - and then did - you wouldn't be such a sheep.

There is not one single ounce of fact that this is a good idea. There is only opinion - including the study from AECOM stating how much this thing is going to lose.

And for someone from Edgecombe - you'd think you'd know better about what is about to happen to your side of town when this monstrosity hits.

Of course - you don't live in Rocky Mount and I bet good hard cash you'll never pay a dime to attend a paid event at the Penny Event Center. Notice I said 'paid event'. Which makes you a hypocrite. But that's common knowledge anyway.

Really?

Why do I need to do the math? It has already been done and that's enough for me.

Sheep ignant? WTH?

You don't get to speak nor think for me so don't get me confused with others.

When the Event Center is a done deal you will see! That is why they need to do it now so you will see!

I don't have to live in Rocky Mount. So what are you saying I will be able to get in free? How ignant! Ignant what is common knowledge?

you attack

Noah Boddie wrote:
Can you do math? Heck, if you can't the numbers have been done for ya. Can you read? Cause if you could - and then did - you wouldn't be such a sheep.

There is not one single ounce of fact that this is a good idea. There is only opinion - including the study from AECOM stating how much this thing is going to lose.

And for someone from Edgecombe - you'd think you'd know better about what is about to happen to your side of town when this monstrosity hits.

Of course - you don't live in Rocky Mount and I bet good hard cash you'll never pay a dime to attend a paid event at the Penny Event Center. Notice I said 'paid event'. Which makes you a hypocrite. But that's common knowledge anyway.

Sir, your ad hominem attack was totally un-called for.

So?

And you added value to this in what way?

deros wrote: Sir, your ad

deros wrote:
Sir, your ad hominem attack was totally un-called for.
And how would you categorize the bulk of Curmilus' posts?

$70 Million for a concert

The best projections by AECOM and Davenport & Co. on the proposed event center state we will lose $70 million in 20 years. We can experience A LOT of rained out concerts and movie nights for that amount of money.

If we have this amount of money then should we consider spending this money on education, 70 - $1 million projects, increased pay for police officers, hire more police officers, repair our infrastructure ...

I would strongly suggest folks refresh their memories on the event center by reviewing the information at the following links:

Event Center Financing - http://thecommunitycouncil.org/proposed-rocky-mount-event-center-financing/

Wrong Time, Wrong Place, Maybe Wrong all the way Around? - http://thecommunitycouncil.org/wrong-time-wrong-place-maybe-wrong-all-the-way-around/

Rocky Mount Telegram - Opinion against the proposed event center - http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/opinion/our-views/event-center-not-good-idea-time-2457665

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