FD council hands off the Warden Plaza
20 Dec 2016
The Warden Plaza in downtown Fort Dodge has a new owner that’s ready to get busy renovating the vacant landmark.
“We’re really excited about the project,” Kevin Kearns, managing member of KDG LLC of Columbia, Missouri, said after the City Council voted unanimously to hand the building over to his firm.
“We’re lining up the players right now,” Kearns added.
His firm entered a preliminary memorandum of understanding with the city government in August under which it will invest $30 million into the former hotel and apartment building at 908 First Ave. S.
The deal was amended Monday by the measure that the council approved to give the building to KDG LLC.
“We have a good track on turning that Warden into the jewel of our downtown,” Councilman Andy Fritz said.
Mayor Matt Bemrich described Monday’s action as “a major step in the redevelopment of the Warden Plaza.”
Exactly what will be in the renovated Warden Plaza as yet to be determined. Apartments, offices, stores and a new recreation center are all under consideration. The recreation center option may include demolishing the adjacent Wahkonsa Annex. Representatives of the city government, KDG LLC, the committee planning the new recreation center and the Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association will all be involved in the planning process.