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City plans new street names for RTC campus [UPDATED]

Published 7:22am Monday, May 5, 2014 Updated 9:22am Monday, May 5, 2014

With redevelopment plans forging ahead, it’s time for the city to consider a new street address system on the Regional Treatment Center grounds. Monday, the Fergus Falls City Council will consider proposed street names, though it will not take action.

“This has been discussed before, but never to the point where we’re actually going to make a decision,” said City Engineer Dan Edwards.

Campus Development Group has plans to redevelop five outbuildings on the property into apartments and office space, and Historic Kirkbride has a $41.4 million redevelopment project in the works for the main building. With that in mind, specific addresses are needed for the various building permits the groups will apply for during the restoration work.

“They have to have specific addresses for their permits,” Edwards said. “At this point, we need to go ahead and come up with something.”

City staff developed the proposed street names to present to the council Monday. After the introduction, developers Jeff Schlossman, of Campus Development Group, Ray Willey, of Historic Kirkbride, and Otter Tail County will receive copies of the proposal so they can have input on the street names.

The general public is also invited to provide feedback. There will not be a special meeting or public hearing to consider the street names. If residents have name suggestions or feedback, they can contact city officials at city hall: 218-332-5400.

“We’ll make sure they (street names) all get listed for consideration by the council,” Edwards said.

Proposed street names include: Patterson Loop, around the outbuildings on the east side of the property; Kirkbride Boulevard, directly in front of the main Kirkbride building; Cottage Drive, directly behind the main building and in front of the old nurses cottage; and Otter Boulevard, on the west side of the property, extending out to Fir Avenue. Union Avenue would extend past Fir through the RTC property as well.

The naming issue will come back to the council for official approval at either the second meeting in May or a meeting in June.



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