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Construction of new Hannibal CVB behind schedule

The new Hannibal Convention and Visitors Bureau building won’t be complete until next year.

It’s been almost a year since ground was broken on construction of the new building.

This was the time of year the tourism group hoped to move out of their current building which has its issues.

“A lot of people when they’re coming around the corner, they’re not really looking to the right, they’re paying attention to the road so sometimes they miss us. Also, we only have one public restroom and there are just several things that this facility no longer accommodates our needs,” said executive director Gail Bryant.

But the CVB will have to wait a couple more months.

Bleigh Construction crews said the project completion date has been pushed back to January 24, 2020 which is at least two months passed the original date.

They say the reason for the delay is flooding at Bleigh’s headquarters.

“Our office and shop and all of our farm ground is in the Mark bottoms or in the Bleigh bottoms I guess you would call it so we were all down there making sure we didn’t lose all of that to the floods,” said job supervisor Jerid Gottman.

Crews say they managed to enclose the building this week just in time before winter and cold temperatures set in.

“The finishes inside are pretty difficult some of them. Even though it’s a tall building and it’s big, the square footage inside isn’t quite as large as you think it would be,” said Gottman.

Even so, it is over twice the size of the current CVB and officials there say the anticipation to get into their new building is growing.

“Every day we have a visitor that comes in and asks what is that building going to be? If you notice it is now coming together and you can see the riverboat theme so we’re excited,” said Bryant.

Construction officials say the contract on the job did not include a penalty if the building was not completed on time. That means it will still cost the city about $1.5 million.

City council approved construction of a new convention and visitors bureau in September of 2018. Ground was broken on the new building last November. Bonds are funding the project. Officials say the current building is up for sale.

Brett Knese

Multi-Media Journalist at WGEM News.

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