Woodbury taxpayers paid $22 million for an expansion to the Bielenberg Sports Complex, which opened in 2014, but the project still has a few holes to fill.
A restaurant, set to open on the second floor of the complex, sits empty because of a legal dispute. The Minnesota United soccer team paid $1 million for a training facility at Bielenberg, but they've pulled out of the deal and an outdoor playground, designed to accommodate children with disabilities, is not set to begin construction.
Despite all of these hiccups, Woodbury officials told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that taxpayers should not be concerned they are not getting their money's worth out of the facility. City administrators say they have other businesses interested in filling the empty spots at Bielenberg and that the future of the facility is very bright.
The outdoor playground is being funded by a non-profit group and city leaders say that group is getting very close to raising the remaining money to start building the playground.
Woodbury taxpayers pumped $22 million into the Bielenberg expansion, which was approved in 2012, and the facility opened in August 2014.