The city of Camdenton is one step closer to making a final decision on whether or not to move forward with plans to build a community center.

The Camdenton Board of Aldermen has hired a Colorado-based company to conduct at feasibility study. The study is expected to be completed by March. The feasibility study was recommended by Camdenton city staff to provide additional information before officials make a final decision.

The city has contracted with Ballard King & Associations, a consulting firm for the feasibility study. The firm specializes in recreational facilities planning and operation. The study will cost Camdenton approximately $6,500. The cost of the study will be paid for out of the set aside funds of approximately $1.4 million now dedicated and restricted for building a community center.  

In the report recommending the aldermen hire the firm City Administrator Jeff Hancock said the firm is a specialist in recreation and leisure demand and partnership studies and their services would be very valuable in reviewing the next steps for moving forward on the community center.  

Although the city has set aside money for the community center project and purchased property along North Highway 5, officials are taking a cautious approach while watching sales tax revenue. Sales tax revenue has been flat for the year with just over 2 percent growth so far. 

The first step in the study will be completing a market assessment feasibility study will include a market assessment - the first step in completing the feasibility study. The marketing assessment will include multiple steps such as understanding the demographics and trends as well as market constraints and opportunities. 

The study will take into account previous surveys, committee work and the city’s master plan.

Building a community center to serve the Camdenton community has been under discussion for years. The aldermen have set aside approximately $1.4 million for the project as well as purchasing property where the former Zodiac Lanes and Glen Block business were located along  North Highway 5.  

The firm RDG Planning and Design who worked on the update of the city’s comprehensive plan recommended that site is ideal for not only the construction of the community center but also as a foundation for future development of the North Business 5 corridor.

Survey information gathered by RDG through the Destination Camdenton master planning process indicated interest from residents, for a facility that would include meeting rooms, walking/running tracks and other recreational activities.

The city has also had an advisory committee involved in the community center discussions and possible planning process.