Former NYM bakery purchased

By Tucker Henderson


During the monthly meeting of the New York Mills Economic Development Authority on Oct. 19, several ongoing development matters were discussed.

President Jason Schik noted that all outstanding loans were paid and up to date.

The Otter Tail Lakes Country membership is up for renewal. The board decided to renew the membership for another year.

Julie Roberts mentioned that Country View had a few calls of interest in the past few months and that the Kahilainen construction was coming along.

Roberts also told the board that a five acre parcel in South Point has been closed on and sold. This will be the property of the anticipated apartment building. The grain bin has been removed and the city has received several bids on removal of the metal shed on the north end of South Point.

Roberts said that she was not notified of any appeals submitted for the Newtonville annexation, so she believes the process can continue as the 90 day window for appeal has ended.

Latham Hetland and Betsy Roder spoke about NYM 2025 updates involving a few items. The Downtown Revitalization committee met and discussed business ideas, various grants and resources available for revitalization. They expressed interest in looking for a grant writer for the various grants available. 

Roberts also got word about the Rise Grant that has been long anticipated and heard that the city was not selected for the grant this year. More funds will be available next year. Roder also mentioned that the NYM 2025 plan was well on its way to being completed and the need for the executive steering committee to reconvene and come up with a future plan will be coming soon.

Roberts mentioned that the city was invited to the next round of applicants eligible for the Blandin Foundation grant. The city applied for $150,000 for renovations for the pool. Roberts said that if they received this grant, larger maintenance and improvements could be done to the pool that have not been in the city budget for a number of years.

Heard that an interested party has contacted the EDA about the Southside Grocery building at 110 S. Main.

Also heard that the former bakery building at 32 North Main Street had been purchased by Ellbrook Properties LLC and was being renovated and will be available for lease in the future.

The next meeting will be held Nov. 16 at 8:30 a.m. in the old City Council Chambers.