Flores said in an interview Tuesday an architect, a native of the province, has initially designed a 10,000-seater gymnasium previously to be located in a site along the diversion road.
He said years back, based on costs of materials then it was estimated to cost at least P200 million.
He said it would be a venue that could accommodate a PBA (Philippine Basketball Association) game with air conditioning and modern equipment such as four-side monitors and scoreboards.
Floressaid this has taken a back seat for now since the P225-million public market-bus terminal-commercial arcade complex is the priority.
“After that big project, we might be able to proceed with that,” he told this reporter.
He said they eyed the city gymnasium project to upgrade the city’s capacity to accommodate big events.
But he said they are not in a hurry in catering to big events because the city still lacks facilities to house visitors like hotels and inns.
“We still have to pass on to
Flores cited the recent hosting of the Provincial Board Members Leagues of the
But he clarified that by creating events in the city they are showing to the private sector for the need to invest on the city’s hotel capacity.
He clarified that it might not be possible to open the public market before the end of this year as reported by this paper earlier.
But he said the contractor is on schedule to finish it early next year and the two other phases within the nine months extension it was granted.