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City council approves apartment building development

The council on Tuesday approved the development of a 29-unit (36,000 square foot) apartment building on the south side of town between Pleasant and Main Avenues.  Kuepers Construction will build Pleasant Court Housing Project-Phase II adjacent to an existing unit at an estimated cost of $2.7 million.  The developer has a purchase agreement on the property, with a closing scheduled for Dec. 15, 2015. The development site will be split to accommodate the construction.  The developer requested Tax Increment Financing (TIF) to assist with financing the development of Phase II, along with reserving a percentage of the units for low-to-moderate income families, according to information presented to the city by public finance advisors David Drown Associates.  In March of 2013, the city created a TIF district to assist Phase I of this development. The TIF plan and budget were created with a large enough budget to assist additional housing development on the lone parcel in future years, the letter stated.

Liquor license approved  The council approved a new on-sale/Sunday liquor license for the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 870 and the cancelation of the license for Lori Lea Lanes.  The Eagles will operate a private club and bar, which is open to the public, with restaurant services provided by Lori Lea Lanes under the lease agreement.  With the resolution approving the liquor license for the Eagles Lori Lea Lanes voluntarily relinquishes its liquor license.  The council also at Tuesday’s meeting approved a lawful gambling application premises permit at the Eagles for the Confidence Learning Center.

Other business n Approved a Minnesota lawful gambling application exempt permit for the Park Rapids Wrestling Club for the purpose of conducting a raffle on March 12 at the Park Rapids American Legion n Approved the purchase of video and radar equipment for the police department’s new squad cars n Approved pay request in the amount of $5,376 to Braun Intertec for construction material testing for Riverside-Phase One, North Main and Mill Road Project n Resolution certifying delinquent utility bills to the Hubbard County Auditor in 2016 n Approved request of payment from Park Rapids Fire Department for $275 worth of bottled water to be kept on vehicles.