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Civic Center Makes Dayton's Bonding Request

Updated: 01/15/2014 6:43 PM
Created: 01/15/2014 10:37 AM KAALtv.com
By: Katie Eldred

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Governor Dayton announced his list of proposed bonding projects this morning. On the list once again the Mayo Civic Center expansion.

Many are hoping this is the year that it finally passes.

Gregory Stavrou is the executive director of the Rochester Civic Theatre which is connected to the civic center. He says they don't just want the Mayo Civic Center expansion, they need it.

"We are busting at the seams here, we do not have enough room," said Stavrou.

He's hoping this is the year the expansion finally get the state funding that is needs to start construction.

"We've been waiting and we are eager and enthusiastic, because it's going to help us fulfill a need and help with our responsibility to the community," said Stavrou.

So far, so good. Governor Dayton has listed the 31 million needed for the expansion in his list of bonding projects. But we've seen this before.

"Again we have reason to be optimistic, but we've been down this road before, so again we've got to make sure that our message gets out how important this is," said Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede.

Mayor Brede has been diligent for years making sure the project is in the mind of lawmakers.

"Bottom line this project is ready to go, talk about shovel ready, the plans have been there, they probably need to be updated because it's been so long,"  said Brede.

It's estimated that the expansion would bring millions of dollars and hundreds of jobs to the area.

"Again we keep our fingers crossed and we'll continue to do the best to get it done," said Brede.

Now the wait is on again, to see of the expansion will make the final bonding bill.

"I'm an optimist, so therefore I'm optimistic," said Stavrou.

The newly appointed Mayo Civic Center commission met for the first time this afternoon. Mayor Brede said that at Wednesday meeting they mostly went over rules and regulations of the commission. The commission  will oversee the civic center's executive director, budget, and the hopeful expansion when it finally makes the bonding bill.

Other local projects included:

An expansion to the Owatonna Armory at a cost of $1.38 million

$5.9 million to begin work on Phase I of the Education Village renovation project

$400,000 for the Heavy Lift Dock Capacity project in Winona. 

For a complete list of Governor Dayton's bonding proposal, click here.

Rendering of Mayo Civic Center Expansion
Mayo Civic Center
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