Seward Announces Plans For Regional Wellness & Technology Center

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Mayor Josh Eickmeier announces a partnership to build a Regional Wellness and Technology Training Center in Seward. The proposed development would be supported by a private sector family vision and community partners including the City of Seward, Concordia University, Seward School District, and others.

Seward Nebraska Wellness Center

Seward Nebraska Wellness Center

A Regional Wellness and Technology Center specifically addresses a community & regional need for additional wellness opportunities including an indoor pool.

Mayor Josh Eickmeier announces a partnership to build a Regional Wellness and Technology Training Center in Seward. The proposed development would be supported by a private sector family vision and community partners including the City of Seward, Concordia University, Seward School District, and others. The Center’s programs would likely be managed through future agreements with the YMCA of Lincoln.

The Center would be situated on the Old Middle School property located southeast of the Courthouse Square. This five-acre, multi-block redevelopment area could be flanked by a residential development to the south and a Worship Center developed by the Rock Lutheran Church to the north. The proposed Rock Church redevelopment on the northeast corner of the site is planned to preserve and renovate the existing 1915 school building.

“I am very excited for this entire project because it presents a neighborhood-friendly solution to utilizing the Old Middle School property," Eickmeier said. "A Regional Wellness and Technology Center specifically addresses a community & regional need for additional wellness opportunities including an indoor pool.”

On November 6, the City Council will consider a general support and intent resolution for the Regional Wellness and Technology Center project. Eickmeier said the City would kickoff a substantial fundraising campaign by presenting and promoting this project to community organizations and private stakeholders at future public forums. City Administrator Brett Baker said, “It’s a win-win for the Seward community and we are fortunate to have established and maintained a visionary relationship with a private sector family that is willing to go to bat with the City, Concordia University, YMCA of Lincoln, and other future partners to build a state-of–the-art Regional Wellness and Technology destination center in the downtown area of Seward.”

“This Regional Wellness & Technology Center’s success will depend on community support during capital fundraising efforts as well as continued support through memberships and recreational programs,” Eickmeier said. The City would likely contract with a firm that specializes in capital campaign fund development and public fundraising capital to help reach the estimated goal of $8 million.

“The Regional Wellness & Technology Center will serve a broad community need by providing programs for Concordia University, private sector employees, retirees, adults, children, and students of all ages,” Eickmeier said. “I believe that the Regional Wellness & Technology Center will enrich the quality of life for residents in and around Seward and will be a source of pride for the community. It will be something that the entire region could be proud of thanks to the Sieck Family who had the vision and commitment to the Seward community.”

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