By Conrad Dudderar
EL RENO – A Canadian County trust has set aside $165,000 to acquire six more acres of property for a sewage lagoon adjacent to the new Canadian County Expo & Event Center.
The Canadian County Public Facility Authority (CCPFA), comprised of the three county commissioners, are due to close soon on this real estate purchase near the northwest corner of Alfadale and Jensen roads in southeast El Reno.
The $165,000 amount covers the price of the land plus closing costs, according to District 2 Commissioner Dave Anderson.
The rectangular-shaped parcel is on the north side of the Canadian County Expo & Event Center development, which opened in early July just south of Interstate 40.
Canadian County in spring 2019 originally acquired a 50-acre property from the Jensen family for $1.25 million ($25,000 per acre).
As part of that real estate contract, the county had an option to purchase up to 50 more acres for future development.
The six acres is part of that option.
County commissioners in 2018 had identified the Jensen Road site to move and expand the county fairgrounds that – for many decades – was on N Country Club Road.
The Canadian County Expo & Event Center will host the 67th Annual Canadian County Free Fair set Aug. 23-28.
A LOT UNDER THE ROOF
The new Canadian County-owned facility features a 19,000 square foot event center, 46,000 square foot indoor arena and 19,000 square foot open-air pavilion, along with around 15,000 square feet of office space.
Lingo Construction has been construction manager for the estimated $15.2 million first phase of the fairgrounds’ project. The CCPFA have appropriated up to 60% of Canadian County’s monthly use tax revenues to fund construction.
A proposed second construction phase could include a new stall barn and county extension office.
Canadian County plans to significantly upgrade Jensen Road leading to the new fairgrounds’ complex, District 3 Commissioner Jack Stewart said.
The El Reno City Council recently approved “de-annexing” 2-1/2 miles of Jensen Road east of Highway 81 to Canadian County.
This section of old “chip seal” road is in bad shape and will be improved for people coming to the new facility, according to Stewart.