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Alexandria City Council may use eminent domain to get land for 18th Avenue project

The city has been trying to buy the land, owned by Silver Maple Investments LLC, for several months but has been unable to reach an agreement, according to City Attorney Tom Jacobson,

The Alexandria City Council has taken another step toward using its powers of eminent domain to obtain land for the 18th Avenue reconstruction project.

At Monday's meeting, it approved a resolution determining that acquiring a sliver of land on the northeast corner of the parking lot at O'Reilly Auto Parts is a "public necessity."

The city has been trying to buy the land, owned by Silver Maple Investments LLC, for several months but has been unable to reach an agreement, according to City Attorney Tom Jacobson, who recommended the action the council took on Monday night, July 26.

Jacobson emphasized that the city will continue to work with the property owner. He added it was important for the city to get going on all the steps involved in eminent domain. He said that civil cases are on hold right now because of a backlog in cases caused by COVID-19.

Silver Maple Investments owns the property rented by several tenants, including O'Reilly Auto Parts, Alex Bearing and Farm Supply, J.G. Hair Care, Alexandria Title Company, Kaleidoscope Business Services, Activecare Chiropractic Clinic and Homegrown Nutrition.

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Following are other items from the July 26 meeting not covered in other council stories.

Members sought for inclusiveness committee

The council agreed to post a notice in the newspaper encouraging residents to apply for two vacancies on the city's Cultural Inclusiveness Committee.

According to city ordinance, the committee serves as an advisory body to the council in “matters intended to develop and implement inclusive policies, programs and practices to foster a community which is welcoming, vibrant and inclusive of diversity.”

The committee also advises the council on services and programs that may be of special concern to the city's growing and diverse populations.

Council approves registered land survey

The council approved a registered land survey submitted by Unique Development, LLP that will allow the company to split its property, between Sixth and Seventh Avenue East, midway between McKay Avenue and Rosewood Lane.

This will create two separate parcels totaling 2.77 acres.

The southern part of the property is the site of a 12-unit apartment building.

The land survey was required because the property is titled as a “Torrens” property instead of an abstracted property. If the property is split again, it will have to be platted.

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Elks get gambling permit

The council issued a charitable gambling premise permit to the Alexandria Elks to sell pull tabs, tip boards, paddlewheel and bar bingo at the Fired Up Bar and Grill on County Road 22 NW.

Al Edenloff is the editor of the twice-weekly Echo Press. He started his journalism career when he was in 10th grade, writing football and basketball stories for the Parkers Prairie Independent.
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