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Design for new Hannibal Visitors Center unveiled at City Council

This rendering by Architechnics shows what the new Hannibal Convention and Visitors Bureau will look like at its new location at U.S. 36 and Mo. 79. “We went with a riverboat theme,” Tourism Director Gail Bryant said. “This building is going to set the tone to attract a lot of visitors off of the interstate.” | Submitted Photo
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Apr. 17, 2018 10:20 pm Updated: Apr. 17, 2018 11:32 pm

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- The design for the new Hannibal Convention and Visitors Bureau building was unveiled at the Hannibal City Council meeting Tuesday, and the building is a nod to the city's river history.

Tourism Director Gail Bryant presented renderings done by Architechnics that show the front of the building with two riverboat steam stacks and tension support cables that mimic those on a ship. On one side of the building is an image of Mark Twain. The building will be at U.S. 36 and Mo. 79 rather than downtown.

"We went with a riverboat theme," Bryant said. "This building is going to set the tone to attract a lot of visitors off of the interstate."

The building will house offices, a welcome desk and conference center, and the Visitors Center.

The council approved the design, and Bryant said the next step is to seeks bids to construct the building.

Also Tuesday, the council gave a final approval for the city's new riverfront design, done by Klingner and Associates. Renderings by the architecture firm show a new marina with 48 slips, docking for two large riverboats, large greenspace, a fuel station and dual ramp with courtesy docks.

Hannibal Parks and Recreation Director Andy Dorian said the next step is to put out bids for the project.

OTHER ACTION

The council approved a bid from Hannibal Clinic to continue providing the city's random drug and alcohol testing. The clinic has provided the services for the past three years and was the city's lowest bidder for the services.

The council approved a bid from Simply Cut Lawns to continue mowing the Old Baptist Cemetery. It has been mowing the cemetery for the past two years and was the sole bidder for the service.

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