Renaissance Project Moving Forward

Progress is being made every day on the River City Renaissance project. Stakeholder meetings are held weekly at the City Hall to share the latest information and to maintain the aggressive timeline required to complete this project as soon as possible to maximize the benefit of the Iowa Reinvestment Act funding.

• Icon, an architectural firm based in Grand Forks, ND that specializes in ice and multipurpose arenas, has been hired by the city to design the arena that will be located in the former JC Penney space at Southbridge.
• The city council awarded the first contract (Bid Package #1–for excavation and site work) to Dean Snyder Construction. The bidding process met all the requirements stipulated in the Iowa Code.
• Bid Package #2 is out for bid and will be awarded on February 5.
• The arena lease with Southbridge has been amended to include a provision that taxes
must be current before lease payments will be made. The Southbridge owner has
approved this additional provision.
• Discussions continue between Mason City Youth Hockey and the City of Mason City to
finalize their agreement.
• A ground-breaking celebration will be held in early February.

Hotel/Conference Center
• Representatives from Gatehouse Capital in Dallas, TX were in Mason City during January to meet with city officials, Visit Mason City, stakeholders, and the Mason City Foundation Board.
• Gatehouse architects are working on design aspects of The Music Man Convention
Complex in partnership with the Mason City Foundation.
• The pre-development agreement will be submitted to the city for approval in early

Chamber staff will be responsible for providing project updates to members and the general public. These updates will be published in the monthly newsletter, in the weekly Chamber News, and through social media posts.



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