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After a decade of talk, there are signs that a new $27 million pool and community center in St. Cloud is inching closer toward reality. Voters approved spending $10 million of public money on the community pool back in 2004. The St. Cloud YMCA has agreed to join the city as a partner on the project.
Fundraising is 47 percent complete, according to the Y’s executive director, Greg Gack, who said “we hope to have a shovel in the ground in 2015.”
“The community has had an appetite for this facility for many years, but we still have to come up with the money in the budget.”
The city has opened a search for a construction manager, with a deadline Monday for firms to submit qualifications. At 100,000 square feet, the new facility would more than double the size of the current St. Cloud Y.
CURT BROWN • @stribcbrown
After 8 years, Mayo Civic Center funds come through
Rochester has one more construction project on its to-do list.
The community, already gearing up for the $6 billion Destination Medical Center project that will expand Mayo Clinic and transform the downtown, held a celebration Friday to welcome another $35 million in state bonding funds to complete the expansion of the Mayo Civic Center.
The expansion has been in the pipeline for eight years and will add another 188,000 square feet to the downtown civic center. Critics had questioned why Rochester needed even more money from the state after securing more than half a billion dollars from the taxpayers last year for Destination Medical Center.
“This investment ensures that Rochester has a world-class civic center to go along with a world-class medical center,” Gov. Mark Dayton told a crowd in Rochester. “That means more people coming to Rochester, staying here longer and spending more money at stores and businesses in the area. It’s a win for everybody.”
JENNIFER BROOKS • @stribrooks