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Woodbury, orthopedic business agree to lease for sports center

WOODBURY, Minn. -- Woodbury's Bielenberg Sports Center -- part of what was originally built to house a professional soccer team's practice facility -- will have a new tenant for the massive facility in a few weeks, thanks to a lease agreement bet...

 

WOODBURY, Minn. -- Woodbury’s Bielenberg Sports Center -- part of what was originally built to house a professional soccer team’s practice facility -- will have a new tenant for the massive facility in a few weeks, thanks to a lease agreement between the City of Woodbury and Summit Orthopedics.

The Woodbury City Council has approved the execution of a 10-year lease for the vacant space at BSC during last Wednesday's regular council meeting. The lease includes a payment of $130,655 for the first year, with the annual payments increasing by 1.5 percent for every year after. It also includes the option for Summit to extend the lease by two five-year periods after the first 10 years has passed.

The Woodbury-based Summit Orthopedics has been part of the community for 30 years, and employs as many as 45 orthopedic specialists and another 125 staff, including physician assistants, therapists and certified athletic trainers. The company's plan to branch out at BSC will mean a new chapter for Summit and for Woodbury, Parks and Recreation Director Bob Klatt told councilmembers at a meeting this week.

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"The proposal is for a new model of wellness in Woodbury," Klatt said. "The components that they will be building out will be their typical orthopedic clinic services, physical therapy, as well as an athletic training component."

Summit plans to utilize the 6,900-square-foot "annex" space that was originally built to house the Minnesota United Football Club's official practice facility. Additionally, Summit has entered into agreement to have joint access to the 1,811-square-foot space on the second floor of BSC, where a restaurant had been previously planned.

As the annex space is still little more than a shell with dirt floor and concrete brick walls, Summit plans to finish off that space. Plans include the addition of several new windows to make use of natural light, as well as a new exterior entrance. A second floor will be added to the annex space, as well.

And Summit Orthopedics is covering the bill for it all.

"By all costs I mean all design costs, all permit costs, construction, tenant build out costs and then ultimately the maintenance and operation of the space they will be leasing," Klatt said.

Also as part of the lease agreement, Summit has included what Klatt called "a community investment component," where the company will make a financial contribution of $100,000 in the first year, and up to $50,000 every year after, for community wellness programs and initiatives. One of the probable beneficiaries of the first year's contribution will be the all-inclusive playground right outside BSC's doors, Madison's Place. Other donations may go toward walking trails or community wellness programs and classes.

Though the second-floor space above the lobby at Bielenberg Sports Center was intended to be a food service location, the city and Summit now see it as more of an open, community-use type of space. The agreement allows for both entities to use the space. The space will also be available for community events or use, but it will include a user fee, Klatt said.

Councilmember Paul Rebholz asked Klatt to explain why the second-floor space was no longer planned for food service.

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The reason, Klatt said, is that the city had a couple of interested food service providers looked at the space, but most wanted to be on the first floor of BSC. A couple of full-service restaurant representatives also looked at the area, but wanted the city to make significant, expensive improvements to the space before they would consider renting it.

What has happened during the first year, Klatt said, is that many organizations have used the space for gatherings or activities.

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