JACC views Memorial Hall next 100 years as vital as its first 100

The future of Joplin’s Memorial Hall is on the ballot Tuesday, April 5, as voters will decide the fate of a 30-million-dollar bond. The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce has come out in favor of rehabilitating the nearly 100-year-old building. KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.

A postcard that the Joplin Area Chamber is sending to residents regarding the Memorial Hall bond states that rehabbing the building will cost residents $6.20 per month. The example provided is if a resident owns a house worth $100,000 and a $20,000 car. Although the average price of a home in Joplin as of Thursday according to Realtor.com was nearly $156,000, so it’s likely that the average Joplin household would pay more than $6.20 to support the reconstruction if the measure passes.

Tony Robyn, Interim Co-President of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, says the hall is vital to downtown Joplin. “The building is co-joined with a memorial, so it’s beyond just a memorial or an auditorium, it’s a community center and an event space, and it’s a historic building, an icon of the downtown area.”

Robyn goes on to say that he sees a future where the Cornell Complex and a rebuilt Memorial Hall make Joplin an attractive place for conventions and other events the city hasn’t hosted in decades. Absentee voting for city and municipal elections is already underway. In-person voting takes place Tuesday, April 5. For 89 9 KRPS, I’m Fred Fletcher-Fierro in Webb City

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