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Plan would transform The Wharf into Zorbaz

Two big developments are seeking a little tax help from the city of Alexandria.

One would renovate the former bar-restaurant, The Wharf, into Zorbaz on the Lake - a $1.7 million project.

The other one calls to build two, three-story 63-unit apartment complexes on the east side of Knute Nelson's Grand Arbor development along Pioneer Road in south Alexandria - a project that would add about $8 million worth of property value.

At its meeting Tuesday night, the Alexandria City Council scheduled public hearings to discuss both developments.

See Friday's Echo Press for complete details and other council news including:

--A request to purchase a lawn mower for the park department that failed on a split vote.

--A conditional use permit to reclaim a controversial gravel pit on the corner of Victoria Drive and Rosewood Lane.

--Bids for the Thomas Drive project.

--A new well for Alexandria Light and Power that will replace a failed submersible one.

--An American Heart Association Heart Walk in Alexandria on June 23.

--A request to block off some city streets for the Vikingland Band Festival on June 24.

--A request from Days Inn to use the city's revolving loan fund to replace windows, siding and air conditioning.

--Advertising for the new city engineer/public works director position.

--An historic context study the city plans to do using a $7,000 state grant.

--An exception to platting request for the Zavadil development north of Lake Andrew.

--A final plat for Washington Square Patio Homes.

--An idea to transfer a flood-prone property at 1804 South Oak Knoll drive from Habitat for Humanity to the city.

--A written policy explaining the procedure for the city to conduct criminal background checks for city positions and licenses.

--Bids to fix up a runway at the Alexandria Airport.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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