Council, CHEDA to discuss trio of parcels in closed session Feb. 5

    The Crookston City Council and Crookston Housing & Economic Development Authority Board of Directors will meet Monday evening, Feb. 5 to discuss a trio of local properties, discussions that could involve purchasing, buying, or pricing them.

    Since property prices and potential acquisitions will be discussed, statute allows the meeting to be closed to the public and media. But statute also requires that the parcel numbers being discussed be included on the meeting agenda, and the parcels included with the Feb. 5 meeting agenda are for the Downtown Square property downtown, the 100-acre “Colborn property” south of Ingersoll Avenue across from Titan Machinery, and the parcel between B & E Meats and Centrol crop consulting in the industrial park.

    The Feb. 5 meeting will take place at 6 p.m. at Valley Technology Park.

    Discussions among council members have continued off and on for some time about the possibility of purchasing the Downtown Square property, home to the red “Pavilion” barn and the Rotary Club’s Peace Pole Park. The City currently leases the land from Resource Management, Inc. Discussions have at times included possible plans for the former Central Junior High School, as well as the portable classroom nearby that was home to New Paths Area Learning Center for years until it moved to a new Robert Street location last year.

    As for the Colborn property, the City purchased it several years ago with an eye on future development, and Crookston Jobs owned a portion of it as well before ending its run and dissolving last year and turning its assets over to CHEDA.