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Big news for city on road, store, housing

There are three pretty big news stories that came out of the Glencoe City Council meeting Monday night.
First, the city is moving ahead with the Morningside Avenue project, which proposes to extend that road from 11th Street to 16th Street on the east side of Coborn’s. The City Council voted 4-1 to sign an agreement with McLeod County that outlines the cost shares and other responsibilities related to the joint project.
The project has loomed on the horizon for seemingly foreverly, and it has not been without its share of controversy. Still, the Council did right by moving ahead despite recent hesitancy. While it may not prove to be the most popular project, continuing on the path to its completion provides a north-south corridor on the east side of the city, and hopefully addresses some water issues. And, the vote to continue preserves both the city’s monetary investment in the project, the state dollars dedicated to it, and its goodwill investment with its partner in McLeod County and with the state legislators who helped the city and county obtain some funding for it.
Another story to come out of the council meeting is the news that Dollar General’s parent company plans to buy the former Mark’s Economart property at the intersection of Greeley Avenue and 11th Street and put a store there. It will be good to see that property back on the city’s tax rolls.
And, third, there was news of a planned multi-family development to the east of Grand Meadows Senior Living. As you may recall, a proposal for a similar development on the former Helen Baker Elementary School site met with opposition from neighbors, who felt that multi-family housing was not in keeping with the single-family homes in the surrounding neighborhood.
The proposed site is perhaps a better fit, with the assisted-living facility providing a buffer between the development and the townhomes and single-family homes to the west of that facility.
After years of a stagnant economy with with little to no retail or residntial growth and few improvements, it’s good to see there is still a desire to invest in the community. We hope it’s a trend that continues.