IDAHO FALLS — A special event center will soon open at Snake River Landing, EastIdahoNews.com has learned.
The project is titled as “Project X” on the building permit. After some digging, we found out the new facility will feature a large indoor area for parties and special events, as well as an extensive outdoor event area.
Snake River Landing is calling it an entertainment and special event facility, and employees say it is scheduled to open this summer.
A request for a commercial building permit at 1120 Event Center Drive was filed in Idaho Falls on March 1. It was approved and issued on March 24.
The facility is now under construction and is described as an 9,000 square-foot building that sits on approximately 4.5 acres located near the Snake River in Idaho Falls.
Large, roll-up style doors will be built into the building to easily turn the indoor space into an extended indoor/outdoor venue, according to Eric Isom, chief development officer for Snake River.
When EastIdahoNews.com started investigating the new construction, city building officials told us concrete footings had been laid and inspected for an 1,500-square-foot stage for performances both indoors and outdoors.
Isom says in a news release that a 1.5-acre grass area next to the building can be used for major outdoor events. In addition, there will be a 1,700-square-foot kitchen area for caterer use during special events. The area will not include kitchen equipment, but will serve mainly as a catering staging area.
The multi-purpose facility was designed to be flexible to the needs of a variety of happenings, including corporate gatherings, live performances, luncheons, nonprofit events and community events.
A building permit shows the financiers for Project X has paid nearly $50,000 in fees to get construction moving. More than $33,000 of that went to wiring the future building for city power.
The construction of the new facility is taking place in the newest phase of development within Snake River Landing known as Riverside Village. Riverside Village is a mixed-use area plan that will feature retail shops, restaurants and other entertainment establishments in the future. It is near the popular walking trail in Snake River Landing that encircles a 3.5-acre-lake.
“As this area has grown over the years, we have received continual inquiries for medium-sized event space,” said Isom, “We look forward to operating a facility that can allow for year-round Snake River Landing events, as well as being able to offer it for private rental.”
Editors Note: A previous version of this article indicated there were two separate stages used for performance, that is not the case. There is one stage.
Robert Patten, EastIdahoNews.com columnist
Idaho State Journal staff