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The Minot City Council approved a technical review committee’s prioritization of three sites for a downtown gathering space.
The Council, at its regular monthly meeting on Jan. 8, approved the committee’s recommendation of Site 2, located north of First Avenue Southeast and east of First Street Southeast, as the preferred location for a downtown gathering space. The project is part of $73.4 million the city received from the Housing and Urban Development Disaster Resilience Competition.
The site had overwhelming support from members of the public during two public meetings and an online voting option. The committee also listed Site 1, a Trinity Health parking lot along Broadway, as a second choice, with Site 3, located just east of Third Street Southeast, as a third choice.
In an online vote, Site 2 received 95.4% of the 11,415 votes. The survey accounted for 30% of the scoring criteria. The technical review committee also favored Site 2, giving it 56.8% of its votes.
An environmental study and an historical study will now be completed on Site #2, and discussions will begin with the owners of property that would need to be acquired.
A total of $6 million from the NDR grant has been set aside for the project, with the money covering any acquisitions, demolition, environmental cleanup, site preparation, design, and construction costs. The deadline for completing the downtown gathering space is Sept. 20, 2022.