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Joint Planning Commission to review Zacher plat

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It's been called a gem and a treasure - and now it will be known at Voyagers Crossing.

The land formerly referred to as ShoreQuest on the southeast edge of Lake Bemidji has taken on a new identity.

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The property encompasses 5,000 linear feet of shoreline on the south shore of the lake. It is the largest chunk of land on Lake Bemidji that has not yet been developed.

The land is owned by ShoreQuest L.L.C., which is owned by John Zacher of Walker.

The Bemidji Area Joint Planning Commission is scheduled to review the final plat for the property this month. The Bemidji City Council approved the preliminary plat for the land in September 2004.

Zacher then received the Bemidji City Council's OK to subdivide 74.3 acres into 42 commercial parcels and three outlots, including both the Georgia-Pacific and Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railroad land.

He has now submitted the final plat, which does not require a public hearing. But it does need a final review by the Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board. The meeting date has not been set.

"It's the same as the preliminary plat," Zacher said earlier this month. "We just need a review from the joint board."

While there are not concrete plans for the property, ShoreQuest is promoting the land on its Web site www.shorequest.net and is seeking a developer for a "destination resort" that may include a water park, hotel and spa.

The Web site details the land and current zoning regulations, trying to appeal to potential developers who may be interested in pursuing a project on the site.

The Department of Natural Resources hopes to reserve space for trails and the city of Bemidji is hoping to reserve land for a public park. Both would likely require purchasing the land from ShoreQuest.

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