Lonsdale approves plat for proposed business park


The Lonsdale City Council is moving forward with the process of planning for a new business park at the southwest corner of State Hwy. 19 and Garfield Ave. At the regular meeting on Thursday, April 25, City Planner Benjamin Baker presented the details of the proposed park and asked for approval of Phase I of the preliminary plat. He said the city is proposing to develop the property into a commerical-industrial park zoned I-2, to provide pad-ready sites for interested businesses because currently there are not many commercial lots available.


Specifics of the proposed project include: Grading and paving a portion of Garfield Avenue, construction of Commerce Drive SE, water/sewer construction at Commerce Dr., water line hookup, storm-sewer lines to new storm water retention pond and temporary storm water measures, paved trails, a graded berm between the business park and residential neighborhoods, tree plantings along berm and roadway, grading for a new compost site, and turn lanes at the Hwy. 19/Garfield intersection.


Earlier this month the council held a closed meeting to decide on a purchase offer for the land. City Administrator Joel Erickson said they are waiting to hear back from the property owner, and before the land could be purchased it would first be approved at an open city council meeting.


  A public hearing for the project was held on Thursday, April 18 at the Planning and Zoning meeting with about 10 people in attendance. Erickson said they answered questions about the project and that overall the residents seemed satisfied with the plans.


The council then approved the preliminary plat.


Mayor Tim Rud asked if the project was on schedule and Erickson replied that they may be a little behind but it could be made up for in a month or so. 


Also approved:

•  The transfer of $10,000 from the Liquor Store fund to the Park Fund to help develop a park at 127 Main Street, land that was donated by Tim and Debbie Rud in 2011. 


•  A quote of $2,720 to Creger's Painting to paint the interior of City Hall.


• A quote of $70,800 to Pearson Brothers for sealcoating streets in Rolling Ridge, Harmony Meadows, Legacy Meadows and Idaho St.

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