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Council postpones vote on movie theater, acts on swimming pool expansion and remodeled Beach Nook

A rendering of the proposed beachhouse overhaul from Brunton Architects & Engineers. (Special to The Globe)

WORTHINGTON — At the request of City Administrator Steve Robinson, the Worthington City Council on Monday postponed a vote to fund concept designs on a proposed city-built, privately-operated movie theater to be located across from Fareway.

“Late last week, after the agenda was published, we were alerted to interest in other potential investment parties along with the city, and based on this potential investment, I’m recommending that council postpone action on the [proposal] while we give the other investment partners an opportunity to further vet their interest,” Robinson said.

The council did move forward with two other projects. Council members approved a professional services agreement with Delano pool designer USAquatics to study potential expansion and improvement options to the city’s outdoor swimming pool facility at the Worthington Area YMCA.

Robinson said the YMCA and Minnesota West Community and Technical College will be involved in the process.

An expansion to the pool has been identified as a top priority and is currently one of the projects on the council’s preliminary local-option sales tax project list.

The council also authorized Brunton Architects & Engineering to prepare architectural and engineering documents for a new Beach Nook building in Centennial Park.

The new Beach Nook — a project led by the council’s Community Growth Subcommittee — will feature larger bathrooms, a shower and vast storage space that is intended to store kayaks, paddleboards, life jackets and bicycles.

The walking path will be redesigned to give more room in front of the bathhouse. The design brings the bathhouse off of the nearby parking lot, erasing a common concern from walkers and runners. The project is estimated to cost $500,000.

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