Waite Park Projects Making Headway

Waite Park Projects Making Headway Click to Enlarge Photo: Steven Coursolle (KNSI)

(KNSI) - Waite Park Mayor Rick Miller is excited for what lies ahead for the city.

Two major projects are on the city's docket, a $12.3 million amphitheater and a twin hotel and conference center.

Miller says $5 million for the project, that's located on at 17th Avenue South and Parkway Drive just south of Highway 23, could come from the state.

Politicians toured the site last summer.

"The senate and the house both came out on their bonding tours, and I'm hoping the don't forget about us, and they include us in that amphitheater money."

The land was given to the city through a private donation.

He says if they do get the bonding money, a half-cent sales tax and selling the naming rights to the amphitheater would cover the majority of the cost, which would be $7,300,000.

If all goes as planned the city hopes to break ground this year, with major construction starting in 2019 and opening in 2020.

Another project Miller is excited for is a $28 million twin hotel and conference center being built by a developer on 3rd Avenue South and 1st Street South.

The Hilton branded hotels will have around 200 rooms combined, including a conference center that can hold up to 400 people.

He says the Hilton Garden Inn and Residence Inn will be a "gold mine" when it fully opens in 2019.

"A lot of people are coming from either way down south or way up north, and they don't want to go to the metro area and they don't want to go way up north for their conferences, they kind of like to meet in between."

The city will also be improving the baseball fields at River's Edge Park and adding a parking lot at the location.

A small outdoor, year round exercise area along the Wobegon Trail will also be built in 2018.

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