REPUBLIC, Mo. -- Groundbreaking may be only weeks away on a vast facility that developer Carl Scott says "will put Republic, Mo., on the map."
Scott predicts the Eclipse Event Center will bring about 1,400 full-time jobs when it's complete, not to mention the jobs it will bring during construction.
If Scott's dream comes true, more than 1,000 acres of farmland will soon be transformed into the Eclipse Event Center.
"I don't think we'll have trouble booking events once people see how nice it is," Scott said.
It's designed for equestrian events, concerts and conventions.
"In the B plex, you got two 5,000-seat arenas, but they're mostly set up for equestrian. In the A Plex, you got the 15,000-seat arena, which is set up for any type of venue," said Scott.
The plan also includes restaurants, entertainment, and lodging, including a four-star hotel, condos and cottages for nightly rental. It's inspired by Scott's own family traveling to his daughter's horse shows.
"You have to find a place to stay, then you've got to find restaurants and then you got two other kids to entertain," he said.
Scott says the building is about to begin. Getting all the infrastructure in place, he says, will likely take about a year. The majority of the development will be on the west side of Highway MM south of James River Freeway, but the first visible part of the project will be on the east side of MM, where Scott plans to build a truck stop.
He's been working with the City of Republic.