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    Vikes Promote Economic and Stadium Development Plan



    The Minnesota Vikings promoted their economic development plan for The Minnesota Sports, Retail and Entertainment Center to the Blaine City Council Thursday, February 16.

    Within the presentation, the Vikings unveiled plans for a 740-acre development that includes retail shops and restaurants, residential housing, space for small businesses, corporate offices, a hotel, a medical facility and 260 acres of preserved wetlands, all of which will surround a new retractable-roof stadium for Vikings football and other sporting events throughout the year. Vikings' Owner and Project Developer Zygi Wilf also described his vision for the project, which includes $1 billion in private investment.

    "This project is a tremendous economic opportunity for the city of Blaine, Anoka County, the Twin Cities area and the state of Minnesota," said Wilf. "We're offering to invest $1 billion in private capital toward a development that will bring in millions of visitors each year, add thousands of jobs to the economy and build the area's infrastructure."

    Along with Wilf, Crawford Architects' Partner David Murphy presented the team's current masterplan and development concepts.

    "The proposed Minnesota Sports, Retail and Entertainment Center represents the latest trends in mixed-use development," said Murphy. "It is an entertainment destination that will serve as a catalyst for development in Anoka County and Blaine for years to come."

    To finish the presentation, SRF Consulting Group Principal Michael Monahan detailed the project's traffic and infrastructure issues.

    "Appropriate transportation and other infrastructure planning is key to a successful development," Monahan said. "SRF is excited to work with the City of Blaine, Anoka County, Rice Creek Watershed District, MnDOT and other agencies to identify concerns and solutions on this project."

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    Looks pretty sweet!
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    Man, I hope this happens.. If they get this deal done, this will be the nicest stadium in the NFL hands down.

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    Ya, know I'll bet if Wilf paid for the whole thing the stupid state legislature would find some way to put a halt to it!
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    Very nice, is it just me or does it seem to have an oriental look to it?

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    Blessed thee Wilf...this vision is awesome...I hope I see it happen here soon

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    "COJOMAY" wrote:
    Ya, know I'll bet if Wilf paid for the whole thing the stupid state legislature would find some way to put a halt to it!
    Wilf & the rest of his "private investors" will be pumping a lot of there own money into this project above & beyond the $280 mil they kick in for the stadium & in building the business within & around the complex & stand to make a hell of a lot of money in doing so.

    He's not simply "chipping in" out of the kindness of his heart, it's a business deal where he can make money.

    But it will be good for the State, the community & the Vikings organization & I can't see why they're dragging there feet on it over a 70 cents per $100.00 dollar sales tax.

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    Re: Vikes Promote Economic and Stadium Development Plan

    Posted on Thu, Feb. 16, 2006

    [size=18px]Wilf dangles plan for $1B development - if stadium built first[/size]

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    BLAINE, Minn. - In the not-to-distant future, Vikings owner Zygi Wilf hopes his football stars will be playing amid the Northern Lights.

    Wilf's new stadium dreams have grown into a proposed commercial development project, dubbed the Northern Lights at Blaine. Wilf and his partners could throw $1 billion into the complex, according to team vice president Lester Bagley.

    Officials in the northern suburb were gathering for a sneak preview Thursday night, but the most important audience is probably at the Capitol. Wilf, a New Jersey developer who bought the franchise last summer, needs state and county money to make the project fly.

    The cornerstone is a $675 million stadium that would allow the Vikings to flee the Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis. Wilf has committed $280 million to the stadium and wants public money for the rest.

    "But the $1 billion (investment) doesn't happen without the stadium piece of it," Bagley added. "The stadium is the anchor."

    The surrounding development would include retail shops, corporate offices, residential space and a medical facility, Bagley told the Star Tribune, which viewed the team's drawings of the proposed development.

    Ron Holch is an organizer of a group fighting the current stadium plan because it doesn't call for a public vote. He said Wilf's logic doesn't make sense.

    "If he's bringing all this money in, why doesn't he build his own stadium? If this is such a good deal for us, why isn't he paying for it?" Holch asked. "There's something wrong with this picture when a rich guy says, 'I'm going to help you out. Pay for my stadium.'"

    Top state leaders have said the Vikings are third in line in the new stadium hunt, behind the Twins and University of Minnesota football squad. House Speaker Steve Sviggum, R-Kenyon, has said he doubts the Vikings plan would be voted on this year.

    But Wilf has aggressively pursued it anyway. Bagley said Wilf met two weeks ago with Gov. Tim Pawlenty and again Tuesday with Pawlenty chief of staff David Gaither.

    "The governor has expressed that we're open to further communication," said Pawlenty spokesman Brian McClung. "We've got a lot on the plate for what will be a short session, but we've committed to having additional discussions with the Vikings."

    The Blaine site totals 740 acres. About 400 acres are considered developable, and Wilf has half of that under contract.

    Bagley said if the entire site were developed as planned, the total pricetag for the project would be between $1.4 billion and $1.5 billion

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    There are two animated images of the new stadium in this link.

    Look below the pic of the new complex.

    One shows the stadium area & the other animates the roof retracting

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    Please explain to me how people can't see the positives to this?..

    .07 cents on the $100.00....

    Hell, We pay in CT., .07 cents on the $1.00 for our purchases.......


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