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South Hugo’s plans OK’d by city planning commission

Plans for a new development by Hugo’s supermarkets in south Grand Forks received final approval from the Planning and Zoning Commission Wednesday.

After original plans went through pre-approvals at the commission and full City Council levels and a neighborhood meeting in which residents voiced concerns about increased traffic, it was decided that a new “hammerhead” intersection will be placed at the end of the road proposed through the new development, preventing through traffic in a residential neighborhood.

The hammerhead, shaped like a T, will have enough space for emergency vehicles and snow removal, said Brad Gengler, city planner. Residents are content with the hammerhead, because it won’t route traffic from the new development into existing neighborhoods like the original plans for a through street would have, Gengler said.

The development is planned for vacant land on the east side of South Washington Street and the south side of 47th Avenue South.

The plans are up for final approval at the next City Council meeting March 17, Gengler said.

Charly Haley
Charly Haley covers city government for the Grand Forks Herald. As night reporter, she also has many general assignments. Before working at the Herald, she was a reporter at the Jamestown Sun and interned at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, Detroit Lakes Newspapers and the St. Cloud Times. Haley is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, and her hometown is Sartell, Minn.
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