New authority planned to build cultural, recreation center
12 Nov 2017
A cultural and recreation center planned for downtown Fort Dodge would be owned by an authority to be created by the city and Webster County under a plan to be considered by the City Council and the Board of Supervisors this week.
Both governing bodies are expected to act on the establishment of the Webster County Wellness and Cultural Authority.
That authority, led by a three-member board, would finance the construction of the new center proposed for First Avenue South near the Warden Plaza. Once the center and an accompanying parking garage are completed, the authority would lease it to a nonprofit entity that would run the day-to-day operations.
“It’s a very innovative approach to make a facility like this happen,” said Randy Kuhlman, the chairman of the board for the Fort Dodge Community Recreation Center. “To me, it’s just a no-brainer. It works beautifully.”
“Public-private partnerships are really the best way to make large projects happen,” he added.
The new authority would not be involved in the renovation of the Warden Plaza at 908 First Ave. S. That is a private project being planned by KDG LLC, of Columbia, Missouri.