The 32-unit apartment complex which has been on hold for nearly two years, may be back on the table.
The project, proposed on city-owned land west of Pelican Rapids along Highway 108, has stalled out for a number of reasons–including rising construction and material costs.
The city offered several incentives, including extension of infrastructure, as part of the financing package. But contractor D.W. Jones has been unable to make the numbers work.
The project may benefit from additional support from the Otter Tail County Housing and Redevelopment Authority, reported Don Solga city administrator, at the Jan. 29 council meeting.
D.W. Jones will need to re-bid the project, since previous bids have expired. The city will also need to re-bid the sewer, water and street extension to the site–since those original bids are now dated.
In other discussions at the Jan. 29 meeting:
• The city planning commission will be reviewing the zoning on undeveloped city land northwest of the city, with the intent of creating a new platt for residential development. A proposed apartment complex is planned on the parcel, but the extension of city facilities will also open up the acreage for residential development. A re-zoning from industrial to residential will also be necessary.
• The city’s record with workers compensation claims has been unusually low, according to city administrator Solga. Over the past decade, there have only been eight claims –with payout totalling about $12,000.
• Discussions continue with county economic development and tourism officials on re-opening the Historic City Hall as an information office. The Pelican Chamber of Commerce voted to relinquish its on-site staffing of the office, but the county, city, public library and others have been working on an arrangement to re-open the historic building as a main street information center for the summer season.
• The city discussed a new digital phone system, based on quotes from Arvig and the Lakes Country Service Cooperative. The digital system would actually save the city $3,000 a year in monthly fees, and would interface with computers and cell phones. The system could also improve police department response time.
• A raffle permit was approved for the Pelican Ducks Unlimited fundraiser, which will be March 29 at the Pelican VFW Club.