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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Renovation Plans for Wicomico Youth & Civic Center

SALISBURY, Md.- Major renovations could be on the way for the Wicomico County Youth & Civic Center. A study was conducted by Crossroad Consulting Services in order to find ways to help improve the arena.
Wicomico County Parks and Recreation Director Gary Mackes said a new arena would cost millions of dollars and may not be cost effective. Mackes believes the arena is a prime location but needs to be updated.
"People need change. Their expectations change about what they want to be in. You can't stay old and stagnant and have old technology and old things. There will be other choices. You've got to do those things if you want to retain and grow your business," Mackes said.
Crossroads Consulting Services made some observations it believes can help the civic center become more profitable.
Currently, the center brings in around $14.5 million a year for the county and state. The group believes that modernizing the civic center would help bring in $19 million a year for the county and state. If, along with the renovations, the civic center would offer alcoholic beverages for sale, the county and state could bring in more than $20 million in annual revenue.

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