Bryan Sanders, representing the American Ski Jumping Association, made a funding request to the Port Authority at their regular meeting Tuesday, Dec. 5.
He asked that a portion of their original $50,000 pledge for the Baldy125 Olympic Entertainment Destination go towards securing a new lease that would give the ski jump a storefront and increased visibility in downtown Red Wing. The space is located at 211 Main St., on the corner of Plum Street and Highway 61 which formerly housed a travel agency.
Currently the ski jump group leases space within the St. James Hotel, where they have built the American Ski Jumping Museum and Hall of Fame. Sanders said they intend to keep this space, and use the storefront on Highway 61 as a check-in point for ski jump events and a place to sell merchandise and heighten awareness of the ski jump.
Port Authority members agreed that this would be an advantageous location, but due to the restrictions placed on the $50,000 pledge, the money could not be split.
They instead advised Sanders to come back with a separate request for funding to help support the new lease — likely $14,400 to cover the first year's expenses.