Albert Lea City Council decides next step for Blazing Star Landing

Albert Lea City Council decides next step for Blazing Star Landing

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(ABC 6 News) – One of the biggest items on tonight’s Albert Lea City Council meeting focused on four acres of land in town.

City council members voted on whether to sell a plot of land known as Blazing Star Landing to a private owner for redevelopment.

Every city council member voted that the property had no use to the public and therefore no need to be owned by the city.

This is the next step in selling the four-acre land to a developer for the establishment of a future convenience store.

“This lot sectioned off that was attached in the packet on the corner of Garfield and E. Main about 24 acres, does not serve any public purpose and would better serve the public as a developed lot privately owned,” city manager Ian Rigg said.

Before any of that can happen the city will have to remove contaminated soil at the site. It’s expected to cost $800,000.

The future store is expected to create 19 jobs and garner nearly $9 million in private investments.

The city anticipates remediation to be completed by the summer and development to be finished by spring of next year.