Warden update coming Monday

Fort Dodge officials will get an update on the Warden Plaza project during Monday’s City Council meeting.

The total project involves renovating the vacant Warden Plaza building at 908 First Ave. S., building a cultural and wellness center near First Avenue South and 12th Street, and constructing a parking ramp called an intermodal hub between the two.

The project’s beginnings can be traced to 2016, when the city government went to court to get ownership of the Warden Plaza under the state’s abandoned buildings law. In December of that year, the building was given to KDG LLC, of Columbia, Missouri.

Representatives of Formation Group, a Des Moines firm hired by the council to be the city’s project manager for the effort, will provide the update Monday. It will be the subject of a City Council workshop session at 5:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S.

The council’s regular business meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building.

During that session, the council is expected to award a contract for building new roads, parking areas, driveways and sidewalks in Oleson Park. Jensen Builders Ltd., of Fort Dodge, submitted the apparent low bid of about $560,000.

The council will also consider the third and final readings of two proposed ordinances.

One of them would require tents, trailers and shipping containers full of fireworks for sale to be at least 100 feet from any building.

The other would give the city manager and the heads of city government departments more spending authority.

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