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Charly Haley, Forum News Service, Published January 27 2014

Committee recommends Grand Forks OK Alerus Center purchase of 3 lots for $3 million

GRAND FORKS – If the Grand Forks City Council follows its Finance/Development Committee’s recommendation, the Alerus Center could purchase three nearby lots.

The committee recommended Monday that the Alerus Center purchase the three lots south of the city-owned events center for $3 million, and some council members expressed interest in negotiations for a fourth lot.

City Attorney Howard Swanson said the other lot was not pursued because its owner didn’t express as much interest as the owner of the three lots in negotiations.

Swanson said some uses for the land, if acquired, could be storage or parking. One of the lots is already sometimes rented by the Alerus Center for parking, he said.

“I like the concept of buying all the land,” said council member Dana Sande, “but we only have so much money.”