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Clinic’s rezoning takes another step forward

Published 11:21am Tuesday, June 10, 2014

No one spoke  at public hearing

The Fergus Falls Planning Commission recommended a rezoning request from Lake Region Healthcare Monday, at a meeting that lasted only a few minutes.

No one from the community spoke at the public hearing as the commission considered the request to rezone parts of LRH’s property from an R-2, a one- and two-family residence district, to a B-3, general business district zone.

The city mailed out 89 notices and advertised the public hearing, according to Gordon Hydukovich, community development director and city planner.

LRH made the request as part of its project for a nearly $30-million new clinic project. The three-story, 76,000-square-foot clinic would be located adjacent to the existing hospital building and southwest of the existing clinic building, which is planned for demolition and would be converted into additional parking space once the new clinic is up and running.

As part of the request, the city added other areas, like NP Park, to be part of the B-3 rezoning, so there are not any islands of business district zones separate from downtown. The railroad depot and the Otter Tail County Courthouse are in a B-3 zone.

With everything together in the request, the B-3 zone would extend from Hampden Avenue in between Mill and Cascade streets down to Alcott Avenue.

LRH hopes to break ground on the project this year, with a target completion date of spring 2016.

The rezoning request will come before the city council for official approval at its next meeting, June 16.

 

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