SIOUX CENTER—The Sioux Center City Council approved a pair of land-related items at a special meeting Wednesday, March 4.
The first was the $125,000 purchase of a 3.69-acre parcel of land located on North Highway 75 owned by GCC Alliance Concrete.
This property is located to the south of the 15 acres to be purchased by AgriVision Equipment, a John Deere dealership, for its new facility and adjacent to other city-owned land.
“It worked well to incorporate that piece of property into our plans to develop the AgriVision site from a street and highway right-of-way standpoint,” said city economic development director Dennis Dokter.
Dokter said the purchase agreement, which has an April 1 closing date, includes the area being cleared of debris.
The council also approved a development agreement with LD Rentals of Sioux Center, which would like to construct a professional office complex on the corner of Highway 75 and Second Street Northwest.
“It wouldn’t be a large building, about a 2,500- to 3,000-square-foot structure,” Dokter said.
LD Rentals purchased the home formerly on that corner from David and Carol Reekers in January and tore the structure down in February.
“In the past the city has supported the redevelopment of areas in the downtown area and has supported projects that require the demolition or removal of old structures,” Dokter said.
The agreement involves the city offering a forgivable loan in an amount up to $20,000 “to be used toward demolition of existing outdated structure and other site improvements,” according to the resolution passed by the council.
Dokter said about $10,000 may specifically go toward cleaning and prepping the lot and the other $10,000 may be used for alley improvements, as the alley is gravel currently.
“It’s our desire to continue to redevelop properties along the highway and this is one of the properties that’s an ideal situation being it’s adjacent to the current downtown area,” Dokter said.
Per the agreement, too, the business must “help retain and increase jobs already located in the community” and be in business five years at the new site.
Construction is slated to start this summer on the facility.
Dokter noted that the intersection itself will be left alone.
“In talking with DGR, there’s quite a cost to align Second Street Northeast with Second Street Southeast,” Dokter said. “That with Highway 75 plans in development, there can be median ideas put in place to help that intersection.”
“We just want to be open that once this is built, the decision is made — that intersection won’t change,” said utilities manager Murray Hulstein.