Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News)- The City of Rochester has taken a step towards adding a new sports and recreation complex. 

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The new facility was given the green light by the passage of a city sales tax extension last fall. 

Rochester voters approved extending the city’s half-cent sales tax to fund the complex along with street repair, flood control and an economic vitality fund to be used primarily for housing. 

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City officials have now provided some clarity regarding the operations of the new complex. 

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A news release says the city has reached an operations and programming services agreement with Oak View Group and Sports Academy.  

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The outside organizations will work with the city during the design and construction phases of the new facility. Members Of the Rochester City Council approved the agreement on May 20. 

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The multi-million dollar project is still in its early stages. City officials are currently in the process of site selection and acquisition for the new complex, the news release says. 

The facility’s final scope will be determined by funding available through sales tax revenues, grants and private donations. The stated goal of the complex is to meet the community's needs for the next 20-20 years. 

$65 million raised by the sales tax extension has been earmarked for the project. Officials say the hope is to have the sports complex open by 2026.

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