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“Essentially, I think what we’re looking for is something that’s going to provide an impact and an excuse for people to turn off into downtown when they cross the [Hwy.] 61 bridge over the river,” said John Hinzman, Hastings’ community development director.
A portion of the building is just 40 feet from the river, grandfathered in Minnesota Department of Natural Resources rules restricting development close to the river.
“You would not be able to build that close today,” Hinzman said. “So we think that’s a unique opportunity for reuse. You have a building with real close proximity to the Mississippi River, some great views of the river valley and potential for public use.”
If the plan for the building doesn’t work out, Manz said, at least the community has a chance to discuss improving Hastings.
“We are incredibly happy that this opportunity allows us to broaden the discussion and the conversation about how significant properties are used in our community for the betterment of the whole,” Manz said.
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