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Rushford moving forward with multiple projects


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

The end of a long process in getting a motel in downtown Rushford is almost over. Following a public hearing and a recommendation from the Economic Development Authority (EDA), the city council has approved a $500,000 EDA revolving loan fund subsidy for the project. Up to $80,000 of the loan is allowed as forgivable to assist with remediation of soil conditions for the site, provided the motel remain in business more than five years.

The site, a vacant lot immediately west of the fire hall, was subject to a two phase environmental study and analysis over soil conditions and their suitability for building. In addition, motel developers John and Eileen Loken had two small bore holes excavated for their own study. The $80,000 amount comes from professional estimates of the work. Should Lokens not need the full amount for amending the soil, remaining funds could get rolled into the loan subsidy pacakage.

The balance of the $420,000 repayable loan will assist with funding the 20-unit building. Loan terms include a two percent interest rate over a 20 year term. Payments will be over a 10 year period, plus a final balloon payment at the end of that time. At that point, the Lokens can either pay the balloon or refinance. Payments will be deferred for two years, following motel completion, in an effort to assist the developers an opportunity to establish a client base.

City Administrator Steve Sarvi notes that the city had to get creative to make the financing work. The lot will be sold to Loken for $1, despite an appraisal on the property which estimated it worth $86,000. “The true value is less, because it cannot support a motel or any other significant structure without extensive remediation,” notes the city resolution.

“The city is blessed to have folks like the Lokens,” stressed Sarvi.

EDA President Tom Driscoll echoed the sentiments, “These are excellent candidates. Local folks, they bring an owner/operator experience. We’re bringing to you a very complete package.”

The motel joins existing Bed & Breakfasts, “Bestemor Inn,” and “Meadows Inn,” as well as motel, “Windswept Inn.” It is expected to open on or about April 1, 2014. The project still needs to go through the Planning Commission process and a building permit must be approved. Further action on the project is expected at the Monday, October 28 meeting.

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Rushford runs into MnDOT stumbling block

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner The massive Highway 43 project slated for Rushford, Minn. in 2014 continues to create headaches for the city. Already dealing with having to give up the city’s main thoroughfare for the duration of the project, it now seems th ..... 
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Rushford hears preliminary report on Highway 43

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

With the start of the massive Highway 43 project drawing nearer, a preliminary feasibility report was presented to the city by Otomo Engineering. The details of the $3.5 million project have been laid out. The city is already painfully aware of th ..... 
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Rushford Hypersonic seeks and gets controversial funding

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

A full house packed city hall for the Monday, August 26 council meeting in Rushford, Minn. The joint meeting of the council and the Economic Development Authority (EDA) included a public hearing regarding futher funding of Rushford Hypersonic. After ..... 
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Rushford prepares to lease former community center

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner Finally, the long wait to see the vacant community center may be at an end. Approved in November of 2009, the ground was broken for the center that December, and the center was partially constructed in 2010 by F&L Development. A ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson forms future facilities committee

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

While admittedly not surprised with the results of a proposed $15 million new facility referendum last December, Superintendent Chuck Ehler gleaned a clearer vision for what the community wants. Now, the district is looking to setup a community task ..... 
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Rushford discusses upgrades, land surveys, bluff issues

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner Rushford, Minn. has seen its share of upgrades in the last six years of recovery from massive flooding. Several upgrades were revealed by the flood itself and even more revealed by those initial upgrades. As the work is being do ..... 
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Rushford seeks land values on properties

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner The city is seeking professional appraisals on two of its properties; the lot immediately west of the fire hall and the community center and lot in the Himlie Business Park. With parties interested in both locations, City Admini ..... 
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Make it great, make it grow

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 7th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner So what’s in a name, or in a brand for that matter? One can hardly think of a city other than New York when you see a big red heart preceded by the letter “I.” What about our small towns? Can they build a lasting public im ..... 
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