Worthington EDA approves property sales; city council awards engineering-related bids

The Worthington Economic Development Authority approved on Monday the sale of multiple lots within the second and third additions of the Glenwood Heights neighborhood.


Within one year from the date of purchase, the purchaser shall certify its intent to devote the property to residential construction or begin on the improvements. If the purchaser fails to do so, the authority may cancel the sale and return the title of the property to the EDA. The purchaser must not transfer the title to the property within one year of purchase without the consent of the EDA.


The lots included are: lots 1-8 of Block 1, lots 1-6 of Block 2, lots 1-4 of Block 3, lots 1-4 of Block 4 and lots 1-6 of Block 5 of the Glenwood Heights Second Addition; and lots 1-6 of Block 1 and lots 1-3 of Block 2 of the Glenwood Heights Third Addition. Sale prices range from $53,900 for the Third Addition lots to between $79,900 and $85,900 for the Second Addition lots.


Also Monday, the EDA approved the sale of EDA-owned property at 1040 27th St. to Cemstone Concrete Materials, which had requested acquisition of approximately 8.51 acres in the North Industrial Park. The parcel is located west of the Tangent Technologies (formerly Bedford Technology) site and south of 27th Street. The intended use of the property is the relocation of Cemstone’s ready-mix concrete and aggregate operations.


Acquisition of the EDA’s property consists of payment by Cemstone to the EDA of $13,830.30 and conveyance to the EDA of Cemstone’s 7.23-acre property at 1000 Sherwood St. Cemstone will lease the Sherwood Street property from the EDA until on or about Aug. 1 for $1 to facilitate the relocation of operations. The EDA will market the Sherwood Street property for future commercial development.


Following the EDA meeting, the Worthington City Council met. Among its action items:


* Approved Nobles Home Initiative applications submitted by Dan and Tanya Wagner for the construction of single-family homes on Lot 5, Block 1 and Lot 6, Block 1 of Wagner Addition. The first new home will be a spec home; the other will be a custom home.


* Approved the first reading of a text amendment to city code that establishes license requirements for mobile food units. The proposed amendment would allow for mobile food units (food trucks) to obtain an annual operating license rather than a seasonal license.


*Voted to grant Alan Oberloh a conditional use permit to utilize property at 1815 East Ave. as a venue to be rented out for parties, reunions, weddings and other events. Under state statute, convention centers (and other similar uses) are permitted by CUP only in the ‘B-3’ General Business District, the zoning designation of the Oberloh’s property. Council’s approval had been unanimously recommended by the city’s Planning Commission.


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Also Monday night during a busy Worthington City Council meeting, council members voted to award the bid on the Olson Trail Rehabilitation Project to Duininck Inc. in the amount of $661,296.25.


The project includes reconstruction of the paved trail from Crailsheim Road to Bay Street, decorative fencing along the trail near any slopes, connections to the new walk bridge and new ADA handicap crossings. The engineer’s estimate for the project was $639,862.00.


Duininck was the low bid on the project by slightly less than $9,000 over Ideal Landscape & Design. LCS Inc. also bid on the project.


Also as part of the project, the council accepted a proposed fee for professional services from Short Elliott Hendrickson in the amount of $49,239.00 for construction services.


Council members also acted on multiple engineering-related matters. The council awarded a construction contract for federal Transportation Alternative Program trail projects located at Prairie Elementary and Cecilee Street. A bid for $177,540 to Duininck Inc. was approved. Short Elliot Hendrickson was also designated for providing administrative services for an amount not to exceed of $24,655.


The council also awarded bids for reconstruction of Eighth Avenue, including the replacement of the water main on Eighth Avenue between Ninth and 10th streets. An option to award to LCS Inc. in the amount of $382,090 -- a total including a base bid and a concrete paving option -- was approved. This total was $190,042.05 below the engineer’s estimate.


In other matters, the council passed a resolution in support of a $90 million increase to local government aid as is being advocated by the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities. Additionally, after an extended discussion, a total of $282,687 in two change orders was approved for the outdoor pool project. The total contract price is now $6,622,744.01.




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