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Small news item captures imagination of developer [UPDATED]

Published 9:16am Tuesday, May 21, 2013 Updated 11:24am Tuesday, May 21, 2013

It was a small newspaper brief in the Minneapolis Star Tribune about the Regional Treatment Center’s possible demolition that caught the eye of Terrence Scholz. He couldn’t believe it.

“Oh my gosh,” Scholz said to himself at the time. “This is going to get torn down?”

So he made some phone calls and since last November the founder and designer of Colonnade Design Group from the Twin Cities has looked for a concept to enhance the RTC. The project has evolved throughout the process.

“The first thing that came to mind was luxury resort,” Scholz said. But the proposal for the RTC involves more than that.

His reinvention of the RTC would create The Spa At Kirkbride, an executive wellness center and destination spa. It would consist of a 160-room luxury hotel, spa, restaurants, retail shops, banquet rooms and medical facility.

This solution for redevelopment of the RTC is a creative way to preserve it, “which will inject an economic boost to the regional tourist industry and local economy,” according to the proposal.

The spa would focus on obesity and take advantage of this area of new growth opportunities within the health and wellness industry. Once operational, the spa would be the only extended stay destination spa specializing in weight loss, pain relief, medical spa treatments and lifestyle coaching on a one-on-one basis using the latest in new technology and practices, according to the proposal.

The average weekly cost of the weight program would be $4,000 to $6,000.

More than just a spa, the grounds would have medical research facilities, be a center home to a veterans outreach program and it will be a center for advancement of the arts in Fergus Falls.

Also in the plans is the potential for an international high school, which would allow children suffering from obesity to attend school on a semester basis while being introduced to nutritional benefits.

Scholz talked with Lake Region Healthcare and Springboard for the Arts, which are interested in the proposal. They would also like to engage local contractors, he said. The development group has received a commitment from The Ultimate Wellness Center to invest and partner in the Spa.

Scholz has an architectural background and has designed finely detailed custom residential properties for more than 30 years. Colonnade designs custom homes for clients and specializes in classic homes, according to its website.

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