The City of Wabasha recognizes that it has become a premium destination of southern Minnesota for both tourism and commerce. In our attempt to better serve the area, we are asking for help in funding our new regional event and conference center. The new Owen Warneke design is a state of the art facility that will generate significant economic benefits for the region by hosting both local and statewide conventions. In addition to hosting important community events and serving as the region’s premier gathering place, the event center will also take advantage of the opportunities that will be presented as the plans for the Rochester’s DMC (Destination Medical Center) are developed. We acknowledge that being a national destination comes with a responsibility to serve both the current and the future needs of our growing region. The new regional event and conference center has received unanimous support by the City of Wabasha and Wabasha County. Construction is set to begin in late 2016 with an opening scheduled for the spring of 2017.
Location of the Regional Event Center
The Center will be on 2nd Street where the current Transfer and Glander buildings are located now. The proven success of this location has been documented through the three years of history as a venue for Grandpa’s Barn. In addition, the location helps maintain a lively and thriving downtown It is a prime location to maintain pedestrian traffic in the heart of our downtown and provides the perfect bookend to the National Eagle Center and The Chief Wapasha II Fountain Plaza. The area has easy access and available parking The City has identified 324 parking spaces along 2nd Street Demolition of the Glander building will provide an additional 14 parking spaces.
Anticipated Construction Costs
Building & Equipment………………..$1,500,000
* November 11, 2014 – City Council approval of architectural plans.
* June 1, 2015 – Fundraising plan to the City.
* June 1, 2015 – Business marketing plan to the City.
* September 1, 2016 – Present City with evidence of financing.
* November 1, 2016 – Construction to begin with completion on April 15, 2017.