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Last week, the City of Amarillo hosted the first of four public forums on the proposed $319 million renovation of the downtown Civic Center.

The proposal, unveiled earlier this month, would double the capacity of the current Civic Center. It would also expand the exhibit hall and ballroom, while upgrading to full-service kitchens, modern concessions.

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Shortly after noon on Wednesday, a large group gathered in the offices of CORE construction in downtown Amarillo to hear the announcement of a major new hotel development.

The Barfield Building, built in 1927, has been housing only pigeons for many years. Soon, the Barfield will be brought back to life, through the efforts of local developers, along with architects, designers and hoteliers from Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Dallas.

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The Amarillo Sod Poodles have announced their name, but the Texas Panhandle’s new baseball team still has much to do before opening day, now scheduled for April 8 of next year.

As The Amarillo Globe-News reports, the team plans to announce a mascot-naming contest in the coming weeks. In addition, the team’s ownership will sell the ballpark’s naming rights later this month, and the team’s uniforms will be revealed in January.

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A plan to install parking meters in downtown Amarillo looks to be moving ahead.

As The Amarillo Globe-News reports, city officials have now approved an agreement with a company responsible for developing a comprehensive parking plan for the city center.

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A group of music lovers announced plans this week to build a privately funded plaza and amphitheater in downtown Amarillo.

The plaza will be named for beloved Amarillo singer-songwriter AJ Swope, who was tragically killed in a car accident five years ago. The group is hoping to secure land near the new multi-purpose event venue now under construction on Buchanan Street.