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City of Kasson releases details of proposed development plan

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KASSON, Minn. (KTTC) -- More details have been released on what a major retail proposal could mean for the city of Kasson, as a company is looking at acquiring more than 5 acres of land for a new Shopko store.

But that also means the controversial removal of a city park.

The city of Kasson released a letter of intent Thursday morning, along with a site plan for the proposed Shopko store. The city has signed on for this project, but there are many steps left to go. The city currently owns the 5.5 acre site on which the Shopko would be built.

However, Oppidan Incorporated, they buyers of the land, say they're also in talks with owners of 4 different private property lots which would also be included in the new development.

If Oppidan does acquire the proposed land, the next step would be a formal Purchase Agreement, in which Oppidan would purchase the property for $135,000.

City of Kasson officials say, however, there are still issued that need to be worked out. Some of those concerns include flooding issues, and city officials explained developers have agreed to move the building farther out of the floodplain.

Concerns about taxes and traffic concerns have also been expressed. A planning commission meeting and public hearing are both scheduled in February.

If the project is approved, officials say construction could begin by summer.

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