Questions Still Circle Around Proposed Sartell Community Center Design
SARTELL -- Figuring out the best direction for the proposed Sartell Community Center still has city officials at a stand still.
During tonight's (Monday) city council meeting, the council met for the first time with the architects to provide a direction the city would like to go on the facility.
Community Center architect Murrary Mack brought a rough draft for the council to see which included many amenities gathered from many community meetings.
The proposed draft included about four high school size courts, locker rooms, library, walking track, senior center, storage space and a work/media space. The proposed site would sit on roughly 15 acres of land and cost nearly 15-million-dollars.
However, what direction to go had members of the council running in different directions.
Several members discussed the possibility of budget, one location with all the amenities, and using a city hall, Bernicks arena combination to accommodate the community center.
Council member David Peterson said the city "should build something expandable that makes sense at this stage."
While council member Amy Braig-Lindstrom says she is "not a fan of building the Taj Mahal and should build to specific needs,"
After a lengthy discussion the council was able to provide some direction to the architects.
The council agreed they would like to see a project that would cost a total of 10-million-dollars, with focus on a senior center and community space, that would in two courts. They would also like to see two options that has a site on one location and another with multiple sites being used.
This is only a beginning for the community center as final cost and a site location have not been decided. The city would like to begin construction on the community center next Spring or Summer.