The Warden Plaza Hotel Project in Fort Dodge

On August 11, 2016, the Fort Dodge Community Foundation was awarded a $5,000 Ripple Effect grant from Aureon for the Warden Plaza Hotel project. The Ripple Effect grant will provide assistance in connection with the architectural planning and feasibility study services for the renovation project. Other financial contributors to the planning phase include the Community Foundation, the city of Fort Dodge, the Deardorf Foundation, and the Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association.

The city of Fort Dodge and its community foundation have contracted with Iowa Business Growth and local architect, Terry Allers, to determine a plan to revitalize the 260,000 square foot hotel and bring it back to the prominence it once had in downtown Fort Doge. The proposed plan calls for 100+ residential units, cultural and recreation centers, restaurant and retail operations. The cultural center will contain a black box theater space, educational classrooms, art gallery and a live music venue. The recreation center will contain a family and competitive aquatic center, full work-out facilities, gymnasiums, childcare and other amenities.

“The Ripple Effect grant and other local grants will help to restore a centerpiece of the Fort Dodge community, add residential units to our housing inventory, and recruit and retain a stronger, younger workforce for downtown Fort Dodge” says Randy Kuhlman, Chief Executive Officer of the Fort Dodge Community Foundation.