The Andover Economic Development Authority (EDA) is not interested in a 4.8-acre tax forfeiture property on the north side of Andover Boulevard and west of the railroad tracks.
Community Development Director David Carlberg told the council he normally does not bring forward tax forfeiture properties for authority discussion, but the size of this property was large enough that he wanted to see what the EDA thought.
City Administrator Jim Dickinson said this property, located at 1049 Andover Blvd. N.W., was once mentioned as a potential rail station stop for the Northern Lights Express (NLX) rail project to Duluth.
Another site along Bunker Lake Boulevard was noted as the best option and this was a back-up site.
Dickinson did not anticipate any commercial development because of the adjacent residential properties, he said.
He recommended the property be marketed as tax forfeiture and the city can go through the sale. This way, the city will get the $31,200 it paid in 2005 when abating a hazardous structure on this parcel.
An idea that Mayor Mike Gamache brought up was buying this property for a potential extension of Vale Street on the north side of Andover Boulevard. This road only goes south of Andover Boulevard. This would give the city another north-south route in this area beyond Xeon Street, which currently dead-ends at the Holasek family property to the north.
Councilmember Tony Howard said the problem with this is it would cause a lot of vehicles to stack up while waiting to cross.
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