The former Kmart on Highway 101 and County Road 7 in Minnetonka may soon become home to a new recreation center complete with bowling, bumper cars, laser tag, arcade, climbing walls and a mini golf course.
The Big Thrill Factory will be a multipurpose recreational facility in 33,750 square feet of the building. also resides there.
The center will include a café serving food and alcoholic beverages, complete with a party area. It will include 13,839 square feet of outdoor space for mini golf, trampolines, slides, spider climbs and face off – a jousting contest.
Plans will make their way in front of the Minnetonka Planning Commission on Sept. 6 and the Minnetonka City Council on Oct. 8. The proposal requires a conditional use permit and site/building plan review.
Minnetonka businessman Barry Zelickson is the majority partner in the game center. Zelickson has worked on the concept that will cost between $3 million and $5 million for the past two years, according to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal.
According to plans submitted to the city of Minnetonka, the primary goal is to create a safe environment for kids, young adults and their parents to celebrate with family-friendly activities. Developers plan to open the Big Thrill Factory in December 2012.
On Minnetonka Patch in April, we asked readers . Many of the comments reflected that the Big Thrill Factory is exactly what residents are looking for in that location, such as this response from Josefina Irene Gonzalez:
"We need something INDOOR for our kids, and it would be a wonderful space for park like Edinborough Park in Edina plus swimming space. I totally agree with the comment for sample mall but NOT CHUCKE E CHEESE in it! We have such a long and cold winter so I totally support a place like this. It will be definitely a HIT!!!"
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