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Open House Tuesday Discusses Future of Former 'Mighty Ducks' Arena Site in Fridley

Columbia Arena has been shut down for about a decade, and vandalism has caused it to become an eyesore. Photo: Photo: KSTP-TV
Columbia Arena has been shut down for about a decade, and vandalism has caused it to become an eyesore.

October 25, 2016 10:35 AM

Fridley residents have a chance to weigh in on what should be done with the former “Mighty Ducks” arena site.

Columbia Arena was best known from “D3: The Mighty Ducks,” the third installment in the “Mighty Ducks” series that was in theaters in 1996. The arena has been shut down for about a decade, and vandalism caused it to become an eyesore, leading to its demolition.

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The Fridley Housing and Redevelopment Authority bought the site in 2014 for $2.6 million and has been hosting public meetings to determine what to do with it.

The latest proposal is to turn the site into a city hall campus, which would include a police department, fire department, public works facility and community center.

City officials say the Fridley City Hall and Public Works buildings are more than 60 years old, and the costs to repair them are piling up. A study from an independent engineering and architectural firm authorized last year shows there’s a lack of handicap accessibility in city hall, deterioration in both buildings and a lack of space for operations.

City leaders now have a site plan option created and are asking the public to share thoughts during an open house. The open house takes place from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at Fridley City Hall.

A formal proposal is expected to be presented during the Nov. 14 regular city council meeting.

Learn more about the project here.

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