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Published February 01, 2010, 09:39 PM

GF City Council Approves Downtown Projects

The City of Grand Forks is one step closer to tearing down the Civic Auditorium and allowing a business to put apartments and businesses in its place.

The City of Grand Forks is one step closer to tearing down the Civic Auditorium and allowing a business to put apartments and businesses in its place.

Monday night the city council agreed to allow Dakota Commercial to move forward with its plan to bid the project.

The council did have some reservations and put a couple contingencies on the plan, like a review by the city attorney.

Under the proposal the Civic Auditorium will be demolished and Dakota Commercial will build a four-story building of apartments and commercial space.

Tonight the council also decided to allow bids on another project. Prairie Harvest Mental Health is planning on building at the corner of South Fourth Street and Demers Avenue.

Greg Hoover, Grand Forks’ Urban Development Director, says, “It will be a three-story building, 14 one-bedroom units of permanent, supportive housing for the long-term mentally ill.”

Tonight the council also decided to join a national program to make it easier for refugees to re-settle in our community.

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