Target Center makeover estimate is made over, too

  • Article by: ERIC ROPER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 19, 2012 - 9:36 PM

Cost was first projected at $150 million, then lowered to $135 million. Now $100 million is called "a pretty good working number."

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Marshall579Oct. 19, 12 9:23 PM

Whether or not you agree with the renovation, you have agree this is the way projects using taxpayer money should be done. Helps instill confidence in taxpayers minds on use of public funds. And sends a message to contractors that there is no blank check. Well done.

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sooline78Oct. 20, 12 9:21 AM

While I am 100% for the Vikings stadium bill, the part of it that provides for this Target Center renovation angers me immensely. The arena is a dump. It was a dump when it was built and it still is. I have never seen an arena designed so poorly in my life. Simply, putting a facelift on it will not change the basic design of the building which is total garbage. You have a state-of-the-art facility in the Xcel Center that is 10 miles away, but the taxpayers are now stuck helping R.T. and Mpls bail out a $$$-sucking piece of junk like the Target Center just to get a new stadium for the Vikes. The whole thing is a joke and smells like you-know-what.

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erikj3Oct. 20, 1212:46 PM

Tearing this pile down and writing off the debt would be a good start; no reason to spent $100 million on renovation. The Lynx and the Wild could play in the Xcel Center. And while we're at it, there is no reason the Queens couldn't play at Target Field (other than the insane notion that each professional sport team needs it's own stadium).

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bluedevil101Oct. 20, 12 4:08 PM

Remember to defeat those Republican legislators that supported Wilf-fare this past year. We need them all gone in November. Dayton will be next in 2014. We will not forget.

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guth54Oct. 20, 12 8:00 PM

Did RT Rybak's budget include a dozen 'shotspotter' devices to be mounted around the Target Center?

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drg258Oct. 22, 12 8:33 AM

@sooline...love the Vikings deal but think the Target Center stinks. The whole thing stinks, both the Target Center and the Vikes. The state legislature wanted this so bad that they paid off the Mpls. City Government with the Target Center money. The legislature was shady and stadium supporters jumped through convoluted hoops to avoid open meeting laws...there still won't be enough money to cover the Vikes and the whole pulltabs thing, even if it works, is just a workaround to pull money out of the General Fund (charities went along with this for tax write-offs...this means General Fund). The city council bent over backwards to get around the city charter referendum requirement...which was created for this situation, precisely. If you think this stinks (and it does), I hope you remember that on election day...and it wasn't only the Mpls. City Council that sucked on this one...it was the whole state legislature as well.

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dtmonkeyboyOct. 23, 12 7:12 AM

You'll should know that a recent analysis shows that since the Target Center was built it has generated more than 400 million in state tax revenue. The same analysis showed Minneapolis only got about 50 million. So is it the state or the city that benefits from the arena? And that is why the state should pay.

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