Land near busi­ness park may be re­zoned

Post Tribune (Sunday) - - News - By Karen Caf­farini Post-Tri­bune

The Ho­bart City Coun­cil has taken a step to­ward re­zon­ing about 16.5 acres at 69th Av­enue and Mis­sis­sippi Street to man­u­fac­tur­ing as re­quested by the de­vel­op­ers of the suc­cess­ful NorthWind Cross­ings busi­ness park.

Coun­cil­man David Vin­zant, D-4th, said Jan. 2 that Beck­nell In­vestors LLC wants to pur­chase the prop­erty, now zoned res­i­den­tial, and add it to an ad­ja­cent 30 acres it owns.

“They’re buy­ing the prop­erty on a spec­u­la­tion ba­sis,” Vin­zant said, adding there is no de­vel­op­ment pro­posal for the prop­erty yet.

The city has an up­com­ing meet­ing with Beck­nell rep­re­sen­ta­tive Paul Thurston to dis­cuss the pos­si­bil­ity of the Illi­nois firm help­ing to pay to widen 69th Av­enue.

“They’re anx­ious to move for­ward on the pur­chase. One, we need help to pay for the road wi­den­ing, but even big­ger than that is, we need them to deed over the frontage area so the road can be widened,” Vin­zant said.

Beck­nell is anx­ious for the re­zone be­cause the clock is tick­ing on a dead­line for the pur­chase, he said. The coun­cil ap­proved the re­zone on first read­ing, but still must ap­prove it on sec­ond read­ing for it to be fi­nal.

In other mat­ters, newly re­turned Coun­cil­man Matt Claussen, D-at­large, was elected pres­i­dent pro­tem­pore of the coun­cil for 2019 and was named as a vot­ing coun­cil mem­ber to the re­de­vel­op­ment com­mis­sion. He pre­vi­ously was a may­oral ap­point­ment to the com­mis­sion. Shawn Kelly was re­tained for an­other year on the com­mis­sion.

Coun­cil­man Lino Mag­gio, D-3rd, was named the coun­cil’s fi­nance chair­man and the coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the con­trac­tor’s li­cens­ing board. Vin­zant will re­main as the coun­cil’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the plan com­mis­sion and Josh Hud­dlestun, D-2nd, will rep­re­sent the coun­cil on the park board and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment com­mis­sion.

Karen Caf­farini is a free­lance re­porter for the Post-Tri­bune.

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