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Published January 23, 2012, 10:08 PM

GF Council Members Turn Down $379K Green Space Project, Propose New One

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - A proposal for a green-space project downtown has been turned down by the Grand Forks Finance Committee.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - A proposal for a green-space project downtown has been turned down by the Grand Forks Finance Committee.

Instead, city leaders came up with a new idea for creating a downtown park.

The initial downtown entry project proposed tonight would have cost the city a total of $379,000.

It could have been done over two years as two separate projects.

The first part was a rain garden and small green-space near U.S. Bank and the parking lot of the new Northern Heights apartment complex along 1st Avenue North for a total of $195,000.

The second part would to be place piers along Demers Avenue at the entrance to downtown for $183,000.

But council members say the projects are too expensive and a waste of the city's beautification funds.

"I love those kinds of things, but it's not my money. I don't necessarily see the total value in that at this point," council president Hal Gershman said.

"I do believe that it would be nice to dress up that side of the street, but I'm not sure I want to commit to $100,000 for putting in brick pillars," council member Dana Sande said.

Instead of this proposal they asked to look into purchasing land from the GuestHouse Hotel. That space is located here between 1st Avenue North and 2nd Avenue North.

It sits between the GuestHouse parking lot and a new apartment building currently being built.

Urban Development Director Greg Hoover will begin looking into that land purchase.

The committee wasn't against the idea of beautifying downtown. They just want to use the funds in what they called "a more useful way."

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