LITTLE FALLS -- The Little Falls City Council may be looking for certain requirements in proposals for the Linden Hill Retreat and Conference Center.
In a planning meeting Monday, the council discussed several issues that may have to be addressed in a proposal for the mansions.
Earlier this month, the council authorized advertising for proposals on a future use of the mansions, now a city-owned conference center, through Sept. 30. The city council Monday agreed that the proposals would be sealed and would not be open until after the September date.
The city council will consider proposals involving retaining ownership of the property, transferring the property to a nonprofit entity or selling the property to a developer.
The Linden Hill property is zoned a planned unit development and any proposals, other than a retreat or conference center, would need to follow the city's comprehensive plan and zoning ordinances.
The Linden Hill property contains the Musser and Weyerhaeuser mansions on 10 acres of land on the Mississippi River, a caretaker's home, a garage/stable, a covered patio and a small schoolhouse and playhouse.
A proposal may have to address the proposed use of the property and the contents of the residences; whether demolition, removal or remodeling of any of the structures would occur; if the property would be open to the public; if the property would benefit the community; if tax-increment financing would be requested; if a local sales or use tax, or general revenue would be requested; the time frame for the project; a site plan; and if the person or group making the proposal has the ability to complete the proposal.
In other action:
The council met in its regular city council meeting following the planning session and accepted a petition from Jim Weiss of Larson Motor Service. The petition asked the city council to approve a tax-increment financing district at the former Larson Motor Service site for an upscale housing development for seniors.
The city council voted on the issue, which was brought by Sand Companies of Waite Park in February, and the motion died.
The city council will review the petition at its planning meeting on March 28 at city hall.
The council also approved several road improvements totaling an estimated $1.2 million.
JENNIFER STOCKINGER can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 855-5851.
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