Site preparation near for Pigeon Forge center

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (AP) -- Architects say they are about ready to begin site preparation on a multipurpose events center in the Smoky Mountain resort town Pigeon Forge.

According to The Mountain Press, Mike Smelcer of SRA Architects told the town's Industrial Development Board that he's awaiting grading plans and then "we can start moving dirt."

Earlier, the board approved the issuance of $53.42 million of bonds to finance the center. The project will be managed by Knoxville developer Darby Campbell.

On Tuesday, Smelcer gave the board a breakdown of construction costs, estimated at $32 million.

Officials have said previously that construction is projected to be done in early 2013. The center will be used for trade shows, youth rallies, church assemblies and sporting events.

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Information from: The Mountain Press, http://www.themountainpress.com

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