LITTLE FALLS - A 400-foot piece of property on Morrison County Road 76, north of Little Falls, now will be able to host businesses.
On Monday, the Little Falls City Council voted 6-2 to rezone 400 feet of Planned Unit Development property to a non-central business district for businesses that would qualify for a B-3 zone, which could include a small office.
Council president Mike LeMieur and council member Brian Paul-Crowder voted against the rezone because the city's comprehensive plan states that property in Belle Prairie Township should stay residential and the city should keep its promise.
Michael Corrow and Gerald Thomas of J & M Developers requested the rezone for property they own that is part of their housing development called Sunrise Addition that has about 100 residential lots.
The council's planning commission, which recommended the approval for the rezone, reported that the property conforms with the surrounding area and that it'd create a buffer between the residential development and the ethanol plant.
In other city business, the council:
Approved public improvements to Cherry Avenue where property owners would be assessed $86,053. One of the property owners will be the Emblom Funeral Chapel, that is being proposed to be located on Cherry Avenue.
Approved public improvements to First Avenue Southwest where property owners will be assessed $58,800.
Entered into a contract with the Little Falls School District for liaison officer services beginning next school year. The school district will pay the city $20,000 for the services.
Heard that Pine Grove Zoo is working on becoming an American Zoo Alliance. This credited recognition would give the zoo a more regional appeal. The zoo has invested more than $800,000 in the past five years for improvements.
The zoo's goal is to make itself an educational and enjoyable experience for local citizens, and for it to have a regional impact.
Jennifer Stockinger can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 218-855-5851.
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