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Bemidji City Council: Land sale process to be discussed

BEMIDJI —The Bemidji Economic Development Authority will meet Monday to discuss its process for developing city-owned land.

The BEDA, which is made up of city councilors and staff, has authority to sell city-owned land to be developed. Recently, there was some controversy surrounding the sale of land northeast of the Sanford Center to develop townhomes.

Ward 2 Councilor Roger Hellquist said Friday the discussion was supposed to come up this summer, but he requested it be moved up because other development projects are expected to be proposed to the city.

"We’re hoping to get an idea of how we’re going to approach the new projects as they come in," Hellquist said. "Just to kind of a step-by-step idea of how far council needs to be involved."

The special BEDA meeting scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday will also include a "development proposal" from Aaron Chirpich of the Headwaters Regional Development Commission. Chirpich confirmed Friday that it is residential development, but wasn’t able to provide many other details.

The regular council meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday will include discuss of funding for downtown tree receptacles, followed by a closed meeting to discuss pending litigation with Bemidji Township.

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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