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Events center meetings planned for this week

The Bemidji City Council will this week view the new site plans for the proposed events center.

The council is expected to see the revised site plans during a 5:30 p.m. work session Tuesday at the Hampton Inn & Suites in the Sunken Island Room.

The City Council had seen design plans and a site plan for the events center when it was proposed to be located in the downtown corridor. Tuesday, however, will offer a plan for how the facility will sit in the south shore area of Lake Bemidji, the new proposed location of the events center. It is not expected to be a master plan for the entire 130 acres planned to be purchased by the city, but should offer a footprint of where the events center complex would be located.

Representatives from Leo A. Daly and the Headwaters Regional Development Commission, the project coordinator, will attend the work session and update councilors on project plans. Also expected to attend is Bill Krueger with Conventions, Sports & Leisure, a consultant recently hired by the City Council.

While the City Council will ultimately be responsible for the final vote on any and all decisions regarding the events center, the "project team" is currently working on the specifics of the proposal behind the scenes. Composed of representatives from HRDC, Leo A. Daly, CSL and Bemidji State University, the project team will meet Tuesday morning to discuss project specifics before presenting them to the council during the work session that evening.

Also scheduled for Tuesday is the third meeting of the lease negotiations committee. BSU representatives and the councilors appointed to the committee will meet in the afternoon with CSL's Bill Kruger, who will assist the committee in its negotiations.

Meetings of the project team and the lease negotiations committee are not open to the public.

However, the public will have an opportunity to review the site plans during a public open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Diamond Point Room at Hampton Inn & Suites. The open house is part of the city's public engagement strategy that aims to involve the public in events center planning.