Fort Dodge Community Foundation Receives Ripple Effect Grant for Warden Plaza Hotel Project

Aureon has announced a $5,000 Ripple Effect grant award to the Fort Dodge Community Foundation for the Warden Plaza Hotel project. The Ripple Effect grant application was made by the Foundation to request financial assistance in connection with the architectural planning and feasibility study services for the renovation project. Other partners engaged in the planning phase include the Community Foundation, the city of Fort Dodge, 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 Dodge. The proposed plan calls for 100+ residential units, cultural and recreation centers, plus restaurant and retail operations. The cultural center will contain a black box theater space, educational classrooms, art gallery, and a live music venue. A proposed recreation center will contain a family 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 attract and retain a stronger, younger workforce for Fort Dodge” says Randy Kuhlman, Chief Executive Officer of the Fort Dodge Community Foundation.