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After Council Report: Oct. 2
The Shakopee City Council met on Tuesday, Oct. 2. Among the meeting highlights:
EDA authorizes feasibility study for regional university and innovation center
Shakopee City Council, acting as the Economic Development Authority (EDA) approved issuing a request for proposal to conduct a feasibility study for a regional innovation center to be built in Shakopee. Regional innovation centers can partner with the US Economic Development Administration (USEDA) and post-secondary schools to create study space, off campus classrooms and small business incubators and innovation centers. The city has already been working with Minnesota State University-Mankato and several organizations such as SCORE, First Stop and Open to Business on a possible facility.
The EDA authorized staff to submit a grant to the USEDA once the cost and contractor for the feasibility study has been identified. The Shakopee EDA also agreed to submit a grant to the Scott County CDA to help fund part of the USEDA matching requirements.
More Information: Michael Kerski, Director of Planning and Development, 952-233-9346
Council approves the rezoning of six properties for the River Bluff Development
The City Council approved an ordinance that rezoned six properties from B-1, Highway Business, to B-3, Central Business District for the River Bluff Development.
The change in zoning applies to 1.52 acres of land located northeast of the intersection of Scott Street and First Avenue West. These properties are part of the proposed five-story mixed use building that includes a restaurant, parking and 125 market rate apartments. The change of zoning will allow the project to move forward likely in the spring of 2019.
More information: Michael Kerski, Director of Planning and Development 952-233-9346
Council receives presentation regarding Police Department’s asset forfeiture process
Shakopee Police Chief Jeff Tate led a presentation about the departments asset forfeiture process. The process is used to seize property such as vehicles or cash which are involved in a variety of crimes, including DWI, drug offenses and fleeing from a police officer. Chief Tate partnered with police Captain Chris Dellwo and Lisa Skoog from the Scott County Attorney's Office to explain the process in which assets are seized and what is done with the profits of confiscated vehicles and cash.
More information: Jeff Tate, Chief of Police, 952-233-9421
These summaries are a sampling of the meeting. See the entire agenda packet with supporting documents at www.ShakopeeMN.gov/agendasandminutes. The meeting is also available for viewing on demand at www.ShakopeeMN.gov/livestream. Read past After Council Reports.