Capital Investment Committee to Look at $13 Million in Duluth Bonding Requests

ST. PAUL, MINN. – The first leg of an extensive statewide bonding tour will be stopping in Duluth next week. The City of Duluth has a number of high-profile bonding projects that will be presented to the Capital Investment Committee on October 1 at the University of Minnesota-Duluth campus.

The projects being presented will include Spirit Mountain, the Lake Superior Zoo, Wade Stadium and the NorShor Theatre. Spirit Mountain Recreation Area is requesting $3.4 million in bonding funding to help engineer, design and construct a system that will transport water from the St. Louis River estuary in order to make snow.

Senator Roger Reinert (DFL-Duluth) is a strong supporter of the project and says, “The Spirit Mountain Recreation Area is a beautiful place to visit any time of year, and this year-round recreation area brings in tourism dollars that help our local economy. More importantly, this investment will allow Spirit Mountain to use water from the river to make snow, versus paying for fluoridated and chlorinated water from the city’s water system. That’s better for the environment, better for the city infrastructure, and better for Spirit Mountain’s bottom line.”

Additional Duluth area projects include the renovation of Wade Stadium. The Wade is requesting $5.7 million in bonding funding in order to help repair this Works Progress Administration-era stadium. Senator Reinert has been a strong proponent of this project as well. “The Wade is a historical landmark in our community, and also an asset to West Duluth. This investment will help ensure the facility remains viable for decades to come,” Senator Reinert said.

The NorShor Theatre is requesting bonding funds totaling $4.95 million to help return this historic theater into a vibrant cultural center, while the Lake Superior Zoo is requesting $200,000 in pre-design funds for renovations caused by the 2012 flood.

Presentations on these projects will begin at 1:45 pm on the third floor of the Kirby Student Center at UMD on Tuesday, October 1. Interested parties are welcome to attend.

Senator Roger Reinert
Roger Reinert represents District 7, which includes St. Louis County. He is also an educator.

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