By Ryan Gueningsman
DELANO, MN The timeline for action at the Leland and Sons Auto site on Highway 12 in Delano has been extended to Aug. 15, according to Delano City Administrator Phil Kern.
The Delano City Council met in closed session May 18 to discuss the eminent domain proceedings the city has in the works for the property, which is located in the city’s flood hazard mitigation grant area.
“The city is working with Lelands on a relocation site,” Kern said. “They’re asked for some additional time and the city granted it.”
For the past three years, the City of Delano has been talking with Leland Shrode and his representatives regarding the purchase of his property and the relocation of his auto repair business.
Shrode’s property, located on Highway 12 and Rockford Avenue, is part of the city’s floodplain property acquisition that it received a grant for several years back.
This is the last piece of property the city is hoping to acquire, according to Kern.
Kern said the city is working with Leland and Sons on a city-owned property as a possible relocation option, but he added he’s not sure if the Shrodes are also looking at other sites to relocate the business.
Kern also noted the State of Minnesota extended its deadline for the flood hazard mitigation grant until Dec. 31 of this year for the city to complete the property acquisition.
Eminent domain proceedings are still taking place for the property.