The Hutchinson City Council this week took the next step in paving the way for the possible development of apartment complex on the Crow River.
A developer is interested in building the structure on the site of the “old Cenex fertilizer plant” on 3rd Avenue Northwest.
The city had planned on acting on entering into a purchase agreement with the developer but at Tuesday’s meeting, denied entering into that and instead approved a “first right of refusal” agreement.
The city plans on selling the property for $351,000 for future development.
Some officials and residents feel the city should work as quickly as possible on the apartment proposal.
Jim Fahey spoke to the council:
Councilor Steve Cook felt there are other properties readily available in Hutchinson to build apartments and other types of development should be looked at for that site:
Regardless, city officials say the proposal is still very early in the process, and ultimately, the city council has the right to make the final decision.