Senate committee hears bonding bill project proposals

By KBJR News 1

October 1, 2013 Updated Oct 1, 2013 at 9:24 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --Minnesota Senate Capital Investment Committee members listened to various Duluth based projects vying for money from the 2014 bonding bill on Tuesday.

Among the projects presented to the committee were funding for improvements at Spirit Mountain, Wade Stadium, and the NorShor Theater, all of Duluth.

Spirit Mountain is requesting $3.4 million in funding to help engineer, design, and construct a system that will transport water from the St. Louis River estuary in order to make snow.
The project has been in the works for the past six years.

Wade Stadium is asking for $5.7 million in repairs.

The NorShor Theater is asking for $4.95 million dollars to turn the theater into a cultural center.

Lake Superior Zoo is also requesting $200,000 in pre-design funds for renovations caused by the 2012 June floods.

The University of Minnesota Duluth is also asking for state funds to renovate the science building.

UMD officials say the college of science and engineering continues to see record enrollment and upgrades would allow the school to better meet student demand.

The UMD renovation is projected to cost $36 million with the state request covering about $24 million.

"We learned late spring early summer that this project had a chance of being on the capital bonding list, so it's really been since that time that we have been working to focus this new building and determine what it should be," said Chancellor Lendley Black.

The committee will travel around the state for the next nine weeks listening to more project proposals.

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