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Council to again discuss ice arena Monday night

The proposed new ice arena in the city of Worthington will again be discussed during Monday night’s Worthington City Council meeting.

As part of an otherwise light agenda, council members will consider approval of a professional services agreement regarding ice arena programming and a feasibility study, City staff is recommending that the city be the entity that takes on the leadership role on the project while working closely with other partners who will provide insight, advice and financial participation. This recommendation includes constructing a new facility on city-owned property and that it be owned, operated and managed by the city.

A memorandum included in the council members’ packet for Monday’s meeting explains that professional guidance by an experienced designer is needed to initiate the project through the programming, feasibility, concept and cost estimating phases. This will require establishing a small group that will work with the architects and engineers through this initial phase. Representatives of other stakeholder groups will be invited to share their knowledge and vision.

City staff has recommended the retention HTG Architects of Hopkins, which has designed new and renovated ice arenas throughout the country and has significant experience in Minnesota with projects in Prior Lake, Vadnais Heights, Rosemount, Minnetonka, Breezy Point, Orono and Waconia. The proposed scope of work, includes: programming and space needs, developing site plans and floor plans with 3-D interior images, preparing exterior elevations with 3D exterior images, preparing cost estimates and establishing the project schedule.

The fee to perform this phase of work is a lump sum of $15,600 plus expenses. Local option sales tax revenue is proposed to fund this phase of the project.

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