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The site is located west of downtown Hastings and the new Hastings Bridge site. The $240,000 grant was awarded in early May by the Dakota Community Development Agency.
The city has been preparing the site for redevelopment over the past year and reaching out to developers. A portion of the building was demolished last fall, and the “remaining 100,00-square-foot space offers amazing redevelopment possibilities,” a city news release stated.
The Hastings Economic Development and Redevelopment Authority recently reviewed a proposal for a possible hotel and restaurant, along with a residential model. Artspace, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit developer, will be conducting a feasibility study in early June, touring the Hudson building as a potential site for a public arts center.
The city continues to seek additional developers for the space “to ensure a best-fit plan that will utilize the space for public use and increase the vitality of the Hastings Historic Downtown district,” stated a city news release.
LAURIE BLAKE, Liala Helal and Tony Wagner