March 21, 2019

Ready for spring

By Jerry W. Kram
The New Town City Council is getting ready for spring as numerous construction projects will be starting or accelerating in the coming months.
The council accepted a bid to demolish the old Vo-Ag Center on Main Street. The building was donated to the city by the New Town School District to be demolished. The city and North Segment are working on a plan to develop the lots as a recreation center that will have a movie theater and bowling alley. The demolition should be finished in June.
City Engineer Justin Ahmann presented a draft plan for the recreation center. The plan included a 79 seat theater, eight lane bowling alley, arcade, concessions area and a party room. The plan included two options, one that would put the building just off the sidewalk with a parking lot off Second Street, and the other that would put the building behind a parking lot off Main Street.
Council members thought the draft was a good start. Council member Terry Mattson asked if the design could be changed to make it more of a multi-use facility. He thought more open space would allow youth to “just hang out” and socialize better than a separate room for events. He suggested the design could incorporate movable walls to create a closed space as needed.

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