Karen Gibson Talks Zoning Changes and the Future of Coliseum and Auditorium
Friday on KFYO Mornings Councilwoman Karen Gibson joined Dave King and Matt Martin to talk about the issues discussed in Thursday night's city council meeting including zoning changes, LP&L and ERCOT, and the Lubbock Municipal Auditorium and Coliseum.
Gibson started off by talking about the proposed zoning change for the Guadalupe neighborhood for the purpose of building senior living facilities. Several citizens currently living in the Guadalupe neighborhood were upset about this development and spoke against it, but Gibson believes that this will be a good thing for the city, and reminded us, "This was simply a zoning change. This does not mean that they will be built."
The Councilwoman also spoke on the future of the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum and Auditorium. The council had voted to create a special election that would occur during the regular election to decide if the buildings should be abandoned and turned over to Texas Tech. "At this point, it's going to cost millions to bring it up to code," Gibson commented, going on to say, "The first thing we have to do is see what the citizens want to do." Gibson believes that a lot of citizens are very sentimental about these buildings but reminds us that the city is losing around $700,000 a year on them.
Finally Councilwoman Gibson discussed recent talks involving LP&L and ERCOT. She was able to say that it would cost about 10 million to get into ERCOT. She was not able to provide a cost for getting out of the current deal, but she did say, "That one is still being negotiated, but I will tell you that it is going very positively."
Listen to the full interview with Councilwoman Karen Gibson in the video above.