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Devils Lake Community Wellness Center and Convention Center Special Election Date Secured – Groups Show Support for Proposal


The Devils Lake City Commission on Aug. 4 approved final language for a ballot issue to be decided by city voters on Oct. 7. The issue, if approved, will create a half-cent city sales tax designated to help fund a new Community Wellness Center and a Convention Center.

To keep residents up to date on the $23.5 million project, an informational website has been launched. More information, including potential floor plans for both facilities, can be found at www.devilslakecenters.com.

The Community Wellness Center will include more than 71,000 square feet, housing a college-sized gymnasium, a fitness center, an indoor play area for children and multi-purpose fitness areas, among other amenities. The Community Wellness Center will be located on the campus of Lake Region State College, and will allow the city to host a wide variety of sporting and educational events, as well as cater to the growing indoor recreation needs of Devils Lake residents and visitors to the city.

The 47,500 square foot Convention Center will repurpose the old Walmart building, and includes a large conference/meeting room and three multi-purpose rooms, as well as a catering kitchen with room to expand. The center will create opportunities for the city to attract large regional and statewide conventions as well as various business gatherings.

A host of community partners have been working together to bring forward the proposed project, including the City of Devils Lake, The Devils Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), Forward Devils Lake Development Corp., Devils Lake Park Board, Ramsey County and Lake Region State College. The Devils Lake CVB Board of Directors took an official position on the proposal and is on record in support of the new facilities.

Devils Lake residents will vote on Tuesday, Oct. 7, to decide whether to create the new half-cent sales tax, which would be collected for 25 years. Conducting a special election in October allows the city to expedite the remaining project design work and the bidding process, and construction could begin in the spring of 2015.

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