LEBANON, Mo. – We’re nine months away from the opening of a property that community leaders say will transform Lebanon.
An event center is coming to Highway KK just 10 minutes outside the heart of the city.
The center will have an indoor-outdoor concert venue, wedding locations and a steakhouse restaurant.
The property owners say the project was originally supposed to be a sales center for their seedstock operation
Until they thought of expanding.
“We thought instead of just having a building that sits empty except for two times a year, let’s see if we can maybe tweak it, do a little bit more with it,” Adam Currier, co-owner of Wall Street Cattle Company said.
Currier wanted to give Lebanon something it’s never seen before.
“We thought that this could be a fun venture for us and a good thing for the community,” Currier said. “Maybe get a few more people to get off the interstate get them to spend time in Lebanon, spend some money and help out the economy some way.”
The Wall Street Cattle Company is giving the area a 24,000-square foot center.
Brad Erwin, Paragon Architecture, Project Architect: “It will have several hundred seats of indoor space for concerts and shows and performances, as well as a 1200 seat amphitheater to bring in national level entertainment,” architect Brad Erwin said. “The other piece of this is that it will have a nice steakhouse restaurant. It’ll add something that’s a little bit different, especially in that area.”
Which is what Erwin aims to do in every project he works on.
“They are projects that are going to serve a positive impact to the community that it serves,” Erwin said. “It’s a little bit different project for us, it’s a little different project for the region. But it’s something that’ll bring a lot of economic development.”
Lebanon Chamber of Commerce President Mark Richardson says he couldn’t agree more.
“The October time frame is perfect for those fall concerts and what have you, and that’s also going to bring more jobs to the area,” Richardson said. “They’re already hiring people now looking for key positions and they’re going to have up to twenty full-time people. So, that’s a huge economic boost to the area.”
Especially since the property owners are from a family-owned, small business.
“Anytime that you’re able to keep local money local, everyone benefits from that,” Richardson said. “And it’s a win-win situation. It’d be a win for the entire community.”
Currier says he expects the Wall Street Event Center to be fully open in the spring of 2021.