Pocatello CBC broker Don Zebe presented his client’s plan to build an event center on the Knudsen’s Corner property in Pocatello. The presentation was given to the event center board of the Pocatello/Chubbuck Auditorium District on May 30, 2013 at Chubbuck City Hall.
Jimmy Hancock, writer for the Idaho State Journal covered the event posting the following report on Friday, May 31, 2013 in the Members, Local section of the Idaho State Journal online.
The Pocatello/Chubbuck Auditorium District is considering nine different proposals to build an event center in the Portneuf Valley. Raul Cano, executive director of the Auditorium District, said those proposals include locations throughout Pocatello and Chubbuck.
… Following Grace Lutheran was local commercial real estate agent and developer Don Zebe, who is proposing construction of the event center on 67 acres in Chubbuck.
The location would be at Yellowstone Avenue and the recently created Knudsen Boulevard. The property is owned by the Knudsen family and the center would be part of a larger development dubbed Knudsen’s Corner. Zebe told the board that the project would include ample retail space and restaurant locations, two types of operations that would be drawn to sharing a development with an event center.
In touting his plan to the board, Zebe pointed out several characteristics of the property that he feels sets it apart from other proposed locations. “It will accommodate not only the basic needs of what you want to do, but it will accommodate much, much larger venues because we have the overflow parking,” he said. “We have designated over 500 parking spaces just for the event center.”
To handle any additional overflow, Zebe said, agreements with any prospective retailers or restaurants coming into the development will include parking allowances for the event center. Zebe also touted the traffic access to the new development as being superior to any of the other proposed locations. To prove it, he said a traffic study has been completed, one that was approved by the state of Idaho and the city of Chubbuck.
Zebe’s presentation took about 45 minutes. After that, board members took a break, awaiting the next scheduled presentation. During that break, Cano said the Auditorium District hopes to narrow the choice down to the top two or three proposals and then do even deeper analysis. Nettinga added that further analysis maybe needed just to help them narrow the proposals down to that top two or three.
That further analysis, he said, will probably include meeting with Pocatello city officials to discuss what requirements may be made of the Auditorium District should it decide to go with one of the proposals located in that city.