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Rochester City Council takes a look at Civic Center plans

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The Mayo Civic Center expansion project is moving forward. The Rochester City Council got a look at the plans for construction that would be completed in 2017.

The plans for the Mayo Civic Center expansion were created back in 2010, but now officials are finally getting ready to put them into place. Members of the Rochester City Council got a walk through of those plans on Monday. The expansion is expected to double the capacity of the facility and tie together many of the existing elements.

Over the next few months teams will go over the old drawings and plans and get them up to date. The council gave those teams direction to include a nearly $3 million new kitchen addition but not to include an escalator.

Those involved in the project said they believe the new design will transform the area.

"It's just the presence that this building is going to have on Civic Center Drive," said Ken Betsch of Betsch Associates. "It's kind of a non-entity, kind of a neutral building. It's got four or five different components that have been added over the last 50 years. Now you have a chance to tie it together in one big large coherent statement."

Construction on the project is scheduled to start as early as late 2014 to early 2015 and to wrap up in 2017.

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