Land use, land sales top this week's city agendas


The past and the future come together this week as the city deals with plans for a new movie theater and begins plans to divest itself of some land that was part of the former Northfield Hospital site.

City Council: meets at 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall. The key issue will be a vote on whether to adjust the city’s comprehensive plan to designate about 10 acres of land along Highway 3 for commercial use, rather than light industrial. Technically, the issue isn’t a rezoning, and it’s not tied to a specific use of the land. But in reality, the move is needed to allow a rezoning that would allow property owner James Gleason to sell his land to Steven Payne, owner of Lakes & Rivers Cinema. Payne, who has developed eight cinemas in small towns in Minnesota and South Dakota, wants to build a theater similar to one he owns in Owatonna. If the city refused the change, Payne and Gleason plan to build the theater on an adjacent site across the city boundary in Dundas. The land, directly across from Target and Cub Foods, (in the distance past the familiar intersection pictured here), lies between the busy highway retail area and the light industrial area to the west.

Hospital Board: will hold a public information meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. John's Church, 500 W. Third St., to discuss its plans to sell two homes and three lots near Way Park. The plan is part of the process of selling the remaining property that was part of the former hospital site.

Economic Development Authority: is set to meet at 7:30 a.m. Thursday at City Hall. The EDA last week received a new draft of its comprehensive economic development plan, so that may be up for discussion. No agenda available yet.

Human Rights Commission: meets at 7 p.m. Thursday at City Hall. No agenda is available at this time.

For information on these and other city activities, check out the Northfield city website.