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South shore land sale hearing set for Monday

BEMIDJI -- The public will have a chance to speak on the city's sale of south shore land Monday night.

The hearing, which is required under state law, centers around the proposed sale to Grand Forks, N.D.-based developers who plan on building a 60-unit high-end apartment building on 2.69 acres of land on the west side of the Sanford Center parking lot.

City councilors, acting as the Bemidji Economic Development Authority, agreed to sell the land for $3 per square foot, or about $350,000, in June to Northridge Construction Inc. According to a memo from city attorney Al Felix to councilors, construction is scheduled to begin next spring.

According to findings that the BEDA may approve Monday included in the memo, construction must begin one year after the land sale, unless an extension has been approved. It also requires final approval of building plans from the Design Review Committee and the Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board.

Ryan Carlson, Northridge's vice president of operations, said Friday they hope to start the design review process in three to four weeks.

The BEDA meeting will convene after the regular city council meeting at 7 p.m.

Other business

• The city council will consider awarding a bid to St. Paul-based firm The 106 Group to perform archeological services at Paul Bunyan and Library parks before they are redeveloped. The bid is $26,820.

• Included in the consent agenda is awarding a $98,860 bid to Rhode Island-based Evan Fall Protection to install a fall protection system at the Sanford Center. The system will ensure employees on the catwalk can work safely.

John Hageman

John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.  

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