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City Hall poses and answers the question: What is the River City Renaissance Project?


This news story was published on March 6, 2019.
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Information released by City Hall in Mason City on Tuesday, March 5, 2019:

The Music Man Complex & Hotel

A 105-room, full-service hotel and conference center will be built in the parking lot south of Southbridge Center.

A new Skywalk will connect the hotel and conference center to The Music Man Square and Meredith Willson Museum.

With two ballrooms and more than 25,000 square feet of rentable space, this complex will accommodate large group meeting and convention events with up to 1,000 attendees.

Multi-Purpose Arena

A new Multi-Purpose venue for ice sports, athletic competitions, concerts, and trade shows with a total capacity of up to 3,400. (2,044 fixed seats)

The arena is currently under construction at Southbridge Center – in the space formerly occupied by the JC Penney store which closed in April 2015.

Performing Arts Pavillion

A new Plaza entrance to Southbridge Center that includes an indoor/outdoor Performing Arts Pavillion – which will serve as the new home for the Mason City Municipal Band and free city concerts for all ages and seasons.

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27 Responses to City Hall poses and answers the question: What is the River City Renaissance Project?

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 11, 2019 at 9:58 am

    Hey North End/ Central Heights……I guess the message is “screw you”

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 11, 2019 at 9:55 am

    Many MC families are moving out this spring. Watch how many homes hit the market. I have heard of 6 prominent businesses that are going to relocate also. When idiots run the city, people move away. This “Project” that only benefits MCYH was the final straw for many. When it fails, MC will pay.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 8, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    When we go broke and slummy will the chamber of commerce bus me to a smaller town ? SAY CARTERSVILLE then 10 resident there can put up some section 8 free housing for me and my little bambinos ?

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 8, 2019 at 7:44 pm

      Have you looked around this town lately???? We’re already pretty slummy looking with plenty of poverty issues. Time to invest in this town rather than do nothing and watch it go down the tubes even further.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        March 11, 2019 at 9:56 am

        invest wisely not like a band of idiots.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          March 11, 2019 at 12:18 pm

          Please enlighten us. What would be ‘wise’ investments for this city?

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 8, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    Sounds like something AOC invisioned !

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 11, 2019 at 9:59 am

      the GREEN NEW DUMPSTER/MC…just like the other “Deal” it’s gonna bankrupt.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 8, 2019 at 9:25 am

    So you would rather have “they’re are” instead of “there are”? Oh well, I guess you can’t fix stupidity.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 7, 2019 at 10:27 am

    When are the illiterates in this city going to learn how to spell?? They use “waist” for “waste” and “their” for “there”.

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    Observer the Original Reply Report comment

    March 7, 2019 at 6:09 am

    I think a lot of this is putting the cart before the horse. Without additional population the city as it stands cannot sustain it. And before the population increases their hands to be jobs, sustainable jobs that can support a household.

    Without all that, it is just adding an additional burden to the existing taxpayers of Mason City.

    As I have written in the past, the estimated cost to operate the arena cannot be covered by Amateur Hockey.

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      Observer the Original Reply Report comment

      March 7, 2019 at 6:11 am

      And before someone replies saying that my comments are naysaying and negative, they are not. My comments are being realistic to the situation as it is.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 7, 2019 at 6:26 am

      We’ve turned away countless employment prospects at the door. Prestage just being one of many. You have to just realize their are many in this community that resist change of any kind and unfortunately they get their way time and time again by way of their circus like antics at city council meetings

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        March 7, 2019 at 9:53 am

        also with prestage the city let other people from other community and states control this city decisions. people from other place who do not pay any city taxes get to tell this city how they should be run.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 7, 2019 at 11:06 am

      Their trying they just raised the price of hockey tickets again

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        March 7, 2019 at 11:09 am

        Learn correct grammar and sentence structure..dumbass.

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    doctorcrcy Reply Report comment

    March 7, 2019 at 6:05 am

    Ah, let’s see now. 105 room hotel; 3,400 capacity ice sport, athletic competition, concert, and trade show arena, plus 1,000 attendee ballroom, group meeting and convention events center! WOW!! Where are they going to park all those cars?

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 11, 2019 at 10:00 am

      riders will kill any concert ideas.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 7, 2019 at 1:53 am

    I answered the question, What is the River City Renaissance Project?, along time ago, its the city turning your A-hole from o to O in one push.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 6, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    Hoping this will all work out. Could be a boost for Mason City. I just wish the city would have been more open about the new apartment complex. Let the citizen know they are looking to develop he area and what they have planned. Makes me wonder what is planned for the rest of the willow creek area west of southbridge. Guess we will have to wait until the next big announcement.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 11, 2019 at 10:02 am

      the GREEN NEW DUMPSTER / which is MC

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 6, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    And you think the hockey arena is a waist of money. At least it will be used

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 6, 2019 at 3:45 pm

      On hockey off season they will use it for a new horse barn

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 6, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    So the hotel now will be only for the people using the conference center, a 105 room hotel, on aveage each room holds 2 people for 210 people max where will the other 790 people going to stay. somewhere they need to travel across town from their hotel on the west side, and what about the people not going to a conference I guess they will not be staying downtown, they could stay at the park inn hotel. seem like little by little parts of this project are going away first the stand alone conference center is gone so is the stand alone museum next will be the performing art pavilion. then it will be the hotel/conference complex, and finally the skywalk. and the city will get what they have only want all this time the hockey arena. with no concerts or anything people who do not want hockey would enjoy, after hockey season they will shut down till next hockey season. and all this will be brought to you on the backs of the taxpayers.