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    [size=18px]Wilf to meet with Minneapolis officials Wednesday[/size]

    On the agenda: downtown real estate development. One Vikings' executive described the gathering as a "get-acquainted meeting."

    Rochelle Olson, Star Tribune
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    Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf will visit Minneapolis city leaders today to discuss downtown development and possibly a future home in the city for the professional football team.
    The meeting comes after word that much of the land in Anoka County on which Wilf wants to put a new Vikings stadium and a mixed-use development has been designated as wetlands by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

    That could complicate construction of Wilf's proposed $1.67 billion Northern Lights development. Anoka County and Wilf also are at odds over a stadium roof: The county wants one and Wilf does not.

    Minneapolis development director Lee Sheehy said he arranged for Mayor R.T. Rybak, Council President Barbara Johnson, and mayoral chief of staff Tina Smith to meet with Wilf, a New Jersey real estate developer.

    "The idea is to have Zygi come in and talk about real estate opportunities in downtown Minneapolis," Smith said.

    She noted that the city still has in place a resolution stating that the Vikings should remain in a renovated Metrodome. Although the Dome isn't on the agenda for today's meeting, Smith said a "bigger conversation" than downtown development might occur.

    Lester Bagley, the Vikings vice president of stadium development, called it a "get-acquainted meeting" and "we'll see where the conversation goes."

    Bagley said Vikings fans are used to attending games at the Metrodome, which is near the light rail and to two major freeways, but that "it's not a viable building by any means."

    He emphasized that the team is not interested in a renovated 24-year-old dome. And any stadium proposal would have to include a local partner "politically and financially" such as the city or the county, Bagley said.

    Anoka County Commissioner Dan Erhart said the county knows the team is looking at other sites, "but clearly Blaine and Anoka County have the best location, the best proposal for an entire sports entertainment complex, and the best opportunity that will benefit the entire state more than any other potential site out there."


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    Wilf will meet with Minneapolis Officials Wednesday

    Wilf to meet with Minneapolis officials Wednesday
    On the agenda: downtown real estate development. One Vikings' executive described the gathering as a "get-acquainted meeting."
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    Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf will visit Minneapolis city leaders today to discuss downtown development and possibly a future home in the city for the professional football team.
    The meeting comes after word that much of the land in Anoka County on which Wilf wants to put a new Vikings stadium and a mixed-use development has been designated as wetlands by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

    That could complicate construction of Wilf's proposed $1.67 billion Northern Lights development. Anoka County and Wilf also are at odds over a stadium roof: The county wants one and Wilf does not.

    Minneapolis development director Lee Sheehy said he arranged for Mayor R.T. Rybak, Council President Barbara Johnson, and mayoral chief of staff Tina Smith to meet with Wilf, a New Jersey real estate developer.

    "The idea is to have Zygi come in and talk about real estate opportunities in downtown Minneapolis," Smith said.

    She noted that the city still has in place a resolution stating that the Vikings should remain in a renovated Metrodome. Although the Dome isn't on the agenda for today's meeting, Smith said a "bigger conversation" than downtown development might occur.

    Lester Bagley, the Vikings vice president of stadium development, called it a "get-acquainted meeting" and "we'll see where the conversation goes."

    Bagley said Vikings fans are used to attending games at the Metrodome, which is near the light rail and to two major freeways, but that "it's not a viable building by any means."

    He emphasized that the team is not interested in a renovated 24-year-old dome. And any stadium proposal would have to include a local partner "politically and financially" such as the city or the county, Bagley said.

    Anoka County Commissioner Dan Erhart said the county knows the team is looking at other sites, "but clearly Blaine and Anoka County have the best location, the best proposal for an entire sports entertainment complex, and the best opportunity that will benefit the entire state more than any other potential site out there."



    Let's hope something gets resolved today. I didn't know Wilf wants an outdoor stadium and the county wants a dome. We could always get a retractable dome. If the county wants a dome, then they can pay their part for the retractable part of it. Not understanding why these things are so difficult.

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    Re: Wilf will meet with Minneapolis Officials Wednesday

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    Wilf to meet with Minneapolis officials Wednesday
    Already posted in this thread:
    http://www.purplepride.org/index.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=24375

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    Re: Wilf will meet with Minneapolis Officials Wednesday

    Oops sorry. I tried to look for it and I found nothing.

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    Re: Wilf will meet with Minneapolis Officials Wednesday

    "vike_mike" wrote:
    Oops sorry. I tried to look for it and I found nothing.
    You have to get up really really really early to scoop SingerSP.

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    Re: Wilf will meet with Minneapolis Officials Wednesday

    Yeah I see. I have been up since 6:00 a.m. EST.

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    Re: Wilf will meet with Minneapolis Officials Wednesday

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    Rochelle Olson, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf will visit Minneapolis city leaders Wednesday, July 19, to discuss downtown development and possibly a future home in the city for the professional football team. The meeting was scheduled after the Vikings were told much of the land in Anoka County on which Wilf wants to put a new Vikings stadium and a mixed-use development has been designated as wetlands by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Minneapolis development director Lee Sheehy said he arranged for Mayor R.T. Rybak, Council President Barbara Johnson, and mayoral chief of staff Tina Smith to meet with Wilf. She noted that the city still has in place a resolution stating that the Vikings should remain in a renovated Metrodome. Although the Dome isn't on the agenda for today's meeting, Smith said a "bigger conversation" than downtown development might occur. She noted that the city still has in place a resolution stating that the Vikings should remain in a renovated Metrodome. Although the Dome isn't on the agenda for today's meeting, Smith said a "bigger conversation" than downtown development might occur. Vikings vice president of stadium development Lester Bagley called the meeting a "get-acquainted meeting." He emphasized that the team is not interested in a renovated 24-year-old dome.

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    Re: Wilf will meet with Minneapolis Officials Wednesday

    He emphasized that the team is not interested in a renovated 24-year-old dome.

    Good! The dome cannot be renovated enough to make it a viable option.
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    Re: Wilf will meet with Minneapolis Officials Wednesday

    "NodakPaul" wrote:
    He emphasized that the team is not interested in a renovated 24-year-old dome.

    Good! The dome cannot be renovated enough to make it a viable option.
    Why not? It has suites, it has a downtown location, it has nice silvery troughs in the men's room. What's the problem with the Dome?

    Seriously. If Zygi gets a better lease and all of the money from, say, naming it the PP.O Dome, what's the big problem?

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    Re: Wilf will meet with Minneapolis Officials Wednesday

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    "vike_mike" wrote:
    Oops sorry. I tried to look for it and I found nothing.
    You have to get up really really really early to scoop SingerSP.

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    Or stay up really late. :wink:

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