Post Bulletin, Brian Todd
October 4, 2017
WABASHA — The Wabasha City Council took a step forward Tuesday toward a major expansion of the National Eagle Center.
The council voted 6-1. with Jeff Sulla being the lone “no” vote, to enter into a development agreement with the Eagle Center to expand the facility to make room for a donated collection of eagle art the center received last summer.
The Eagle Center expansion is part of a larger riverfront expansion planned for downtown Wabasha, said City Administrator Chad Springer. That project would include upgrades to Big Jo Alley, the road the runs beside the Eagle Center between Pembroke and Allegheny avenues, a commercial boat dock to accommodate paddlewheel boats, and improvements to the green space adjacent to the Eagle Center.
The 19,000-square-foot expansion will move partially into that green space, but mostly into the buildings across the alley from the Eagle Center, said Rolf Thompson, executive director of the National Eagle Center. The remainder of the green space will be used to connect downtown Wabasha with the river and possibly for an amphitheater.