Developers of a proposed new downtown apartment complex near Grand Forks’ old Civic Auditorium have run into a speed bump at the City Council. Members of the council’s Finance Committee expressed eagerness Monday to get the $5.6 million project started, but weren’t ready to recommend a $375,000 loan agreement between St. Paul-based MetroPlains and the city.
The City of Grand Forks will be closing First Avenue North temporarily from Demers Avenue to North Sixth Street, starting Wednesday, to accommodate development on the former Civic Auditorium lot downtown.
The flood wasn’t the first time Grand Forks showed this can-do spirit. That spirit also had surfaced a few months before. The earlier event has been overshadowed by the flood, but it stands out in hindsight as one of the first signs of the new Grand Forks.
Auditorium demolition set for Sept. 7; knockdown begins this week Ownership of the Civic Auditorium was officially transferred from the City of Grand Forks to Dakota Commercial & Development Co. on Monday.
Issue on council’s agenda tonight
A proposed apartment building at the city-owned Civic Auditorium is seeking a reduction in its parking requirements before the Grand Forks City Council’s finance committee tonight.
Grand Forks City Council President Hal Gershman is echoing Mayor Mike Brown’s suggestion that the council review its committee structure.
Gershman requested Monday night that the council discuss whether the Committee of the Whole is still useful at the next Committee of the Whole meeting March 8.
Grand Forks City Council members gave the green light to two major downtown residential projects Monday. One is a 50-unit apartment complex on site of Civic Arena; the other a 14-unit complex for the chronically homeless on the site of the former downtown post office.
City to use federal funds to build apartment complex, homeless housing The city of Grand Forks will be using federal funds to help build an apartment complex downtown near the Civic Auditorium and a home for the chronically homeless, City Council members voted Monday.
So many people from Grand Forks and outside of Grand Forks comment that they cannot imagine our city today without the Alerus Center. They are recalling the old Civic Auditorium and how it brought little more to Grand Forks than a cost to the taxpayer of $250,000 per year.
Grand Forks likely will see some construction to the Civic Auditorium site beginning next spring, but the development proposal still has some hurdles to go through before commercial space and two apartment complexes can be added to the downtown area.
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