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Published February 07, 2013, 09:26 AM

City Leaders Hear South End Development Plans

Grand Forks city leaders got their first look at official plans for the city's largest development in decades, plotted for the southwest corner of town.

Grand Forks city leaders got their first look at official plans for the city's largest development in decades, plotted for the southwest corner of town.

The 316 acre development will include room for nearly 400 homes and apartments as well as an elementary school. The proposal was in draft form only meaning no permanent decisions have been made, but some leaders expressed concerns that maybe the school district is being short-changed, and city engineers fear losing a construction season because of how slow moving this process has been. The school district has already pushed back the opening of the new elementary school to 2015. The proposal also decreased the school park acreage from more than 15 acres down to roughly 13.5, and all committee members agree that it should be raised back to 15. There was also a concern about the storm water pond being included in the school park space.

The committee will meet later this week and possibly next to nail the plan down so that it's ready to submit to the council by the next meeting.

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