Plans for a 15,000-square-foot building for receptions, shows and seminars at Hancock County Fairgrounds were approved today by Findlay City Planning Commission.
It is a slightly smaller version of the plan than was approved last year by the commission. Budget concerns prompted the Hancock County Agricultural Society to reduce the plan from the 16,945 square feet approved last year, said Dave Thomas, operations & facilities manager for the agricultural society.
“It still seats about the same number of people,” Thomas said.
The building will have heating, air conditioning, and a catering kitchen. The kitchen will have no ovens, only coolers and countertops, he said. A covered porch, which was in the old plan, has been omitted from the new. The building will be located south of the Sandusky Street parking lot, east of the driveway entrance from Sandusky Street, across from the Gospel Pavilion.
Construction is planned to start in September after this year’s fair and to be done in time for the 2018 fair. It will host 4-H exhibitors and agricultural seminars for the county fair.