A revamped, smaller Lake Superior Zoo is closer to becoming a reality.
The council's approval means officials can move forward with "final mini-master plans," FOX 21 says, and start looking into ways to fund the multi-million dollar redo.
The Lake Superior Zoological Society has a bonding request for $1.9 million to help renovate and re-purpose the polar shores exhibit, which has sat empty for years, according to the BuildMN website.
Julene Boe, interim CEO of the Lake Superior Zoological Society, plans to head to St. Paul this week to meet with legislators about the zoo's funding request, reports note.
Zoo officials are excited the city council approved the concept plan, with Boe telling FOX 21: "It ensures that we are still going to have a quality zoo" and she said it makes her happy the Lake Superior Zoo won't be turned into a "little petting zoo in the corner."
Initially, officials had considered some non-animal options for the zoo, among other proposals.