March 12, 2007

City continues to purchase property along the Crow River

By Ryan Gueningsman
Managing Editor

Delano acquired another piece of the puzzle in its efforts to obtain properties between Highway 12 and the Crow River, south of the railroad tracks, Tuesday night.

The city purchased the Delano Car Wash from Daniel and Barbara Scherer for the appraised value of $330,300.

In December, the Scherers approached the city and requested to discuss a buyout of the property. That same month, an appraisal of the property was done.

After the amount of the appraisal came back, the city staff and the Scherers met regarding relocation opportunities, but early in the negotiations, the Scherers stated they did not have a current interest in relocating the business. They added they may at some point down the road look at reopening the business in another part of the community.

The request for possible relocation would be to keep possession of the sewer, water, and electric infrastructure credits from the property. In return for these four credits, (an estimated $44,000) the Scherers are waiving any other relocation benefits.

The council approved a resolution authorizing the purchase of the property, as well as the purchase agreement and relocation waiver and release.

In another effort to secure properties on the floodplain of the Crow River, the city approved the purchase of Terry Grengs’ property, located at 228 Babcock Boulevard, for $145,000, plus relocation costs.

This purchase is contingent upon Grengs’ purchase of city-owned land at 6942 Ebersole Avenue SE. Grengs has made an offer to the city of $240,000 for that land. He would relocate from his current location to Ebersole Ave. The city has a pre-qualification letter from Grengs, and anticipates drafting a purchase agreement in the near future.

“It sounds like we’re heading in the right direction in our plans to create some green space along the highway,” said Mayor Joe McDonald.

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