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Cullman City Council approves sale of civic center; Desperation Church set to buy

Valley Productions held their latest & last show at the Cullman Civic Center downtown to horrific numbers this past weekend. From report sent in to EveryDay Preppers 1/3rd of the vendors didn't even show up for the show which put a real damper on the event to say the least as well as spectators didn't event show up according to one vendor we spoke too. Hosting a Friday Show 3pm to 8pm and them putting a Friday Auction 6pm right in the middle didn't bold well to many vendors and apparently they voiced their opinion by not even showing up. This was voiced to the promoter in the spring show and he still put on a Fall show anyway. While the concept on paper sounds good and may get people in the door, the only people bidding on the auction is the other vendors and people showing up may have felt slighted thinking it was a trick to keep guns out of their hands when they saw vendors bidding on the guns or that was the way it was at the Spring show. Having the Saturday show run long didn't really make it much better and vendors were upset having to get out so late. Now, Having a three day event would be better plan. Free Friday Admission to the Gun Show with a Friday Auction and Sat & Sunday Gun & Knife Show would have been better but Cullman Civic Center always used the Civic Center for Church Services on Sunday. Now, this is where we get too in this article. The Cullman Tribune ran the article below sighting the City of Cullman held a city Council meeting to discuss the idea of selling off a landlocked property to a church so they could get out from under the property and they could then work on another multi-purpose renovation property they had previous bought which they had hoped would bring in new revenue for the Cullman Tourism. Here is the article: CULLMAN, Ala. – At Monday evening’s Cullman City Council meeting a week ago, a last minute addition to the agenda became the big story as the council gave a first reading to an ordinance that would pave the way for the sale of the Cullman Civic Center to Desperation Church, a move that could help the landlocked congregation expand and provide funding for construction of the city’s new sports complex. Cullman Parks, Recreation and Sports Tourism Executive Director Nathan Anderson told The Tribune, “Several years ago, when we started planning this sports and events complex, one of the things that we identified early on that was necessary was to consolidate the operations with the civic center and the new complex. It doesn’t make sense to run two large event centers like that simultaneously. “When we purchased the Marvin’s property, we also at that same time had a new renter with Desperation Church, and they just fell in love with the civic center. And, as we’ve gotten closer to the point where we can get to the nuts and bolts of the design of this new complex, we realized that there’s a lot of interest from Desperation Church to acquire this property. So we started discussion, and they had a lot of interest in purchasing it.”Anderson continued,

“We had an appraisal on the property, and they gave us a full appraised value offer, and this will free us up to allocate staff necessary to run the new complex. It’ll also free up overhead, as a 30,000-square-foot building is expensive to run. We’ll be able to allocate those expenses to go towards the expenses of the new complex; it’s a pretty significant down payment on a new complex, as well.

”Anderson commended the plans he has heard from the staff of the church, saying, “The intentions of Desperation Church are to improve the site. Their plans consist of a multi-million-dollar renovation to the facility, so they will be making a lot of improvements to the building, outside and inside, which will be great for the area neighbors of that property, and great for the community.

”During a Cullman City Council meeting in March, Anderson announced CP&R’s plan to construct the new multi-sport indoor complex at the site of the old Marvin’s store on Main Avenue Southwest across from Heritage Park and adjacent to the Cullman Wellness & Aquatic Center. The facility will feature six full-size basketball courts and will also support numerous other sporting and non-sports events. Anderson described the planned development as “a four-year planning and research project for us. Shortly after I was hired on, we did a large community survey, and one of the top needs within our community was more indoor space, or bringing on additional sports or grow sports that require indoor space. So we knew a long time ago that we had a large local need for more indoor sports space, but, as we’ve done with Heritage Park and Field of Miracles, we wanted to make sure that we were smart with the use of facilities, and while we’re not doing local activity on it, we’re finding a way to use that to generate money and bring exposure to our community. ”Plans for the proposed facility include basketball, volleyball and other court sports. Anderson verbally brainstormed about possible martial arts, dance, cheer, gymnastics and fencing events, among others. In addition, the complex could host community and commercial events like trade shows, expos, conferences and concerts. Being able to put on events inside also means that weather will not be a factor in planning or carrying out events. Said Anderson, “Instead of trying to fill what’s been about 42 to 44 weekends–if the weather cooperates–of sports tourism activities, we now can fill a calendar year. It doesn’t matter what the weather does; the show goes on. ”Monday night’s first reading received no action from the council. The matter will be up for a vote at the next meeting. Based on this article it does not seem the council voted one way or another at this date & time but plans are in the works and the building is on it's way to getting sold. In the mean time, we did hear thru the grapevine that Valley Productions (VPI) did say they will not host any more shows in Cullman for the moment. Now, On Sept 9th The Cullman City Council on Monday night approved an ordinance allowing the sale of the Cullman Civic Center to Desperation Church. No mention of the cost of the sale of the building or the time frame of the renovation of the new building to begin or when the expected dates for the new building to completed and open? This definitely will be a huge plus for Cullman and the Tourism and could be a great new place for other Trade Show promotional companies in the future if they can market it and do the proper advertising that has yet to be seen so far. We do know that VPI cancelled their Muscle Shoals October show and we do not know what the future holds for VPI for Cullman area in the future. We did reach out to VPI before running this article and have not heard back from them before running this article, so stay tuned for more about Gun Shows throughout the South as this is a vital topic for us here at EveryDay Preppers

Cullman Tribune Article Written by: W.C. Mann

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