Former Marshall promoter involved in Columbia hotel project

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A promoter whose efforts to establish a concert venue in Marshall more than six years ago is back in the area.

According to reports from Columbia news organizations, Glyn Laverick is involved in a plans to renovate the Tiger Hotel and convert it to a boutique hotel.

A request to approve a transfer of a tax increment financing arrangement to include Laverick's company, Columbia Hotel Investments Inc., was on the Columbia City Council agenda for a first reading at its Monday, Feb. 21, meeting.

Laverick's company is joining the current owner to pursue the $8.9 million redevelopment project.

Laverick was in the news in Marshall in 2004 as he lead the effort to organize a series of concerts and developed Crossroads Amphitheatre at the Saline County Fairground.

Several concerts were held, including one at Indian Foothills Park featuring Willie Nelson. Bob James performed in another concert with his group, Fourplay.

But subsequent concerts that would have featured Clint Black and Aretha Franklin were canceled, leaving ticket holders in the lurch, according to The Marshall Democrat-News archives.

Laverick's company, Full Circle Leisure, reportedly went bankrupt late in 2004 and Laverick left town.

Two stories published recently in a Columbia news blog, The Columbia Heart Beat, suggest that Laverick was involved in several ambitious and ultimately unsuccessful projects before and after his stint in Marshall.

Contact Eric Crump at ecrump@marshallnews.com

Related stories:
Troubled Tiger: Hotel, TIF get new partner with chaotic past:
http://tinyurl.com/4pklwcz
Troubled Tiger 2: New partner explains troubled history, his take on TIFs:
http://tinyurl.com/4u8h56u
Aretha Franklin concert off, Full Circle filing bankruptcy:
www.marshallnews.com/story/1078057.html
AG's office aware of Full Circle complaints:
www.marshallnews.com/story/1078680.html

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  • if i recall correctly, there was another "partner" who worked with laverick on the saline county projects. he was apprently the "local connection" who worked to get things rolling around on the concerts, amphitheater venue, etc. does anyone know whatever became of him?

    zeke

    -- Posted by zeke on Tue, Feb 22, 2011, at 12:01 PM
    Response by Eric Crump/Editor:
    David Riley is mentioned in news stories from that time. I've got a call in to him.
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