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Council to act on aid to entertainment center

Measures would include setting up urban renewal area

November 17, 2012
By BILL SHEA, , Messenger News

Fort Dodge City Council members are expected to begin the process of providing some financial assistance to developers of a new entertainment center when they meet Monday.

The elected officials are scheduled to act on a series of measures establishing an urban renewal area and starting the tax increment financing process to support the project announced last month by TJK Enterprises LLC of Fort Dodge.

The city's aid will reimburse the company for building a road near the center.

The council will meet in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S.

The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. with a workshop discussion on the corridor overlay zoning and facade programs.

The regular business meeting will begin at 6 p.m. During that session, the council will address the measures relating to the entertainment center.

That center will be located at First Avenue South and 32nd Street. It will feature indoor and outdoor activities.

Outdoor features will include:

A go-cart track

Miniature golf course

An area in which people launch water balloons at each other with slingshots

A shallow pool featuring boats that operate like bumper cars

A picnic area.

A warehouse on the property will be renovated to include these features:

A mini bowling alley

Bumper cars

Video games

A play area filled with tubes and balls similar to what is found at some fast food restaurants

A play area for children who are 5 years old and younger

Rooms that can be rented for parties

Concession stands

Parents lounge.

The center is scheduled to open next summer.

Tim and Kellie Guderian, a Fort Dodge couple who won a $200.8 million Powerball lottery prize six years ago, are key figures in the project. They established TJK Enterprises to own and operate the center.

Todd McCubbin, who is part of TJK Enterprises with the Guderians, said they are doing administrative chores to prepare for developing the center.

''The city's been wonderful and everyone has been helping us as much as they can,'' he said.

The city government's role in the project will be to use tax increment financing to reimburse TJK Enterprises for the estimated $1.2 million cost of extending First Avenue South about 1,800 feet east of 32nd Street.

Following the regular business meeting, the council will have a workshop discussion on the capital improvement plan which outlines the major construction projects the city will do.

Housing needs will be the subject of a second workshop.



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