MISSION

Revitalizing Downtown Park Rapids

 

The primary goal of Park Rapids Community Development Corporation is to promote rehabilitation and revitalization of downtown Park Rapids. The current priority project is to acquire the newly renovated National Guard Armory located in the city of Park Rapids, and develope it into a multi-use community facility.

 

The Armory building is one of the most prominent features of the downtown Park Rapids landscape, but has sat vacant and under utilized for almost two decades, primarily due to enviromental issues including asbestos contamination, lead paint, PCB laden equipment, an abandoned steam boiler and 6,000 gallon underground fuel oil storage tank.

 

After three years of extensive pre-development work through the initial environmental abatement and structural rehabilitation on the Armory, Echopoint Design & Development, LLC has made adaptive redevelopment of the Park Rapids Armory viable.

 

As a regional tourism destination and cultural attraction, redevelopment of the armory auditorium as a significant downtown anchor will create positive “spill-over” effects throughout the community of Park Rapids. The Downtown Revitalization Plan recognized the Armory as “strongly contributing” to the historic character of downtown Park Rapids. As both a historic landmark property and destination venue, Armory Square will improve the overall business climate and enhance the vitality of the community with new opportunities for downtown commerce and increased employment.

 

 

Integrated Mixed Use Facility

Community Events/Convention/Trade Show/Community Theater/Banquets