EDA reviews several development opportunities

By : 
Gretchen Mensink Lovejoy
Chatfield News

The Chatfield Economic Development Authority (EDA) discussed at length the plot of land it owns on the corner of Twiford and Main, Division and Grove streets, as that parcel is in the process of being sold to a developer planning on building a Dollar General store in Chatfield.

The Chatfield News was unable to attend the meeting due to weather, but EDA Director Chris Giesen relayed the meeting’s events, citing that platting the lot and block on which the store is to be built is difficult due to title issues related to an old railroad right of way and other pieces of land that have undetermined ownership. “With the old railroad right of way, it’s a difficult area on paper,” he explained.

Giesen presented the final marketing videos that were produced by Eye in the Sky Photography in late 2017. The EDA received the videos this past October. The original intent was to use the footage on the EDA’s website and in promotions that could help market Chatfield and the opportunities it has to offer. Those opportunities would include Enterprise Drive commercial development or the EDA’s property on County Road 10. Final payment to Eye in the Sky had yet to be made because the City Council requested that the EDA review the photography before writing a check. Giesen commented the videos show “various amenities and opportunities that we can use on our website and other marketing activities.”

He added that the EDA has been working to find buyers for the Enterprise Drive industrial park that has been developed on the southeast side of town. The infrastructure has been completed within the last year or so to make way for light industrial commercial businesses to locate there. Giesen said various inquiries have been made, but construction of new businesses has yet to begin. “We also discussed new marketing strategies for selling lots on Enterprise Drive,” he said.

In other business, EDA members dealt with a contract for professional lobbying services provided by Jill Sletten to promote the Chatfield Center for the Arts (CCA) renovation project as a worthy recipient of state funding. The CCA advisory committee forwarded its request to the EDA for Sletten’s hiring to continue her work at the state legislature on the EDA’s behalf for second-phase renovation funding. The cost of the lobbyist’s services for the January to May legislative session stood at $1,000 from the EDA’s budget. The committee relayed that its members feel her services are an asset to the renovation efforts. The EDA chose to approve the contract.

Giesen also reviewed the EDA’s revolving loan fund, noting that everyone who has borrowed from the EDA is current on their loan payments.