Negotiations near finish on Awaysis lodge management, indoor pool access at issue

Monday, February 28, 2005

Moratorium in effect

It will be about two weeks more until the City of Storm Lake chooses a motel manager for the new Cobblestone-inspired lodge, Project Awaysis manager Mike Wilson told the Pilot-Tribune.

A short list of four candidates has been interviewed. "We're involved with negotiations with companies," Wilson said Friday. One non-negotiable item is that the indoor water park will have to be open for at least part of the time to non-lodge guests.

"The public will have access at least part of the time," Wilson said. "I'm confident we can work it out."

Wilson said a lodge manager will receive a percentage of profits from the indoor water park, regardless of who uses it. That should provide some incentive to make the indoor portion available to the general public at least to some extent.

Wilson said the Iowa Department of Transportation has scheduled an upgrade for East Lakeshore Drive, "perfect timing" for Project Awaysis."

Wilson said the upgrade will include new curb and gutter. Awaysis plans call for moving a portion of Sunrise Park Road.

The Storm Lake City Council Feb. 21 approved a six-month moratorium on building permits in the Project Awaysis area. The moratorium would extend along East Lakeshore Drive to the east at the west edge Storm Lake Cemetery and west to Kenzy Street. The moratorium also affects Flindt Drive from the intersection with East Lakeshore on the south and north to the Canadian National Railroad overpass.

The moratorium on any new building permits, with the exception of those for rebuilding due to fire or other emergencies, will be in effect until the Storm Lake Planning and Zoning Commission can set design standards for the Project Awaysis area.

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