The center is planned for the former Holiday Inn property near the intersection of Gateway Drive and I-29. The JLG Architects firm has been selected to create the design plans for the facility.
A steering committee is overseeing the grant that will seek up to $10 million from the state for the center; the grant must include matching funds from private and public sources.
The committee plans to complete the application — which must be submitted by the School Board — by Dec. 1 to qualify for the second round of funding from the $70 million the Legislature has committed for projects of this type around the state.
The Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation is being asked to commit $250,000, said Becca Cruger, workforce development manager for the EDC. The School Board’s commitment would be $1 million and the request of the Grand Forks County Commission will be for $1.5 million.
The city has agreed to buy the hotel facility and have it demolished, Cruger said. That investment would total a little more than