Even as lawmakers promote Digi-Key incentives to expand in Minnesota, the City of Thief River Falls continues to do their part to maintain “preferred site status” with discussion tonight concerning a state mandated environmental review.

City officials hope to side-step a mandatory Environmental Impact Statement and make economic hay from recent comprehensive planning and public infrastructure improvements – by opting instead for an Alternative Urban Area Review, with a shorter time-frame for approval.

The option already has the nod from the State Environmental Quality Board with the first step in the process; an Environmental Assessment Worksheet – which was also approved by the City Planning Commission last month.

The environmental review is required because the huge, proposed mega-million dollar expansion, exceeds the 7 hundred 50 thousand square foot threshold for light industrial facilities.

Also at tonight’s regular council meeting; a Design Grant for the Central Business District; Two Employment Resolutions and a preliminary plat for Phase Three of the Noper Project; the creation of Market Rate/Multi-Family Housing on 13 acres that includes the extension of First Street from Ruby Avenue to Pennington County Road #16.

Tonight’s meeting gets underway at 5:30 at City Hall; the Historic Soo Line Depot. Key Teeters, Thief River Falls Radio

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