The Northfield Council created a Strategic Plan last year, this year, it’s about targets and how to achieve them. At their July 10th meeting, Community Development Director Chris Heineman discussed Economic Development, which included the downtown area. He mentioned the Fairfield Inn & Suites, the Q-Block Depot/Transit Hub and a possible new liquor store in the EconoFoods lot as well as a multi-family housing site is available for development
adjacent to the Village on the Cannon. He said, “there is a proposal moving forward that we could see moving into construction in 2019. And that would be potentially 50 to 60,000 sq. ft with 64 units is being discussed and proposed right now”. Additionally, housing is a part of Council’s Plan. There are 3 desired outcomes, “one is grow and maintain affordable housing”. That would include a total of 40 affordable units by 2020, 16 units for Senior affordable housing and 8 units for emergency/supportive housing. Based on HUD guidelines, Workforce housing is defined as households earning up to 120% of area median income ($93,750 for a family of 4), Affordable housing is households earning less than 80% median income ($62,500 for family of 4). For Seniors ($54,000 for one). This was a discussion item only but Councilor Zweifel was not pleased that the plan was not brought before the HRA. She said, “the HRA was excluded from the Strategic Planning process when the EDA and the Planning Commission were not and so it seems like it is really poor form to have this discussion without information from our Advisory board on this specific area”. These targets will be discussed within their appropriate board before they go back to council for formal adoption. There are no Council meetings for the next 2 Tuesdays.
15th annual SAVE ride July 28th
Tour de SAVE started 15 years ago as Tour de Nick, to honor, Nick Sansome, a Northfield man who took his live. He was a bicycling enthusiast and his friends wanted to honor him by creating a ride and donating money to an organization that helped prevent suicide. SAVE, Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, is based in Bloomington and has been working for to prevent suicide since 1989. Bill Metz and Eric Bergh have been catalysts to create Tour de SAVE in several communities. Bergh says SAVE works at reducing stigma, raising public awareness and education and now, a lot of work around media messaging. SAVE Executive Director, Dr. Dan Reidenberg works closely with Facebook to offer help, SAVE also works to connect people with one another, to talk rather than to hide, or suffer in silence. The event here in Northfield is this Saturday. It’s open for all ages and all riding abilities, and it’s all about having fun. There’s a 10 mile paved trails, a 25 mile route and a 50 mile route, and gravel too! A mountain bike option was added last year at Sechler Park. Registration begins at 8am, each ride leaves from the Spring Creek Soccer Fields as a group at 9am. There will be a fun after party with brats, burgers, beverages and music by Wendy Smith (half a Zillionaire!) Pre-registration is recommended. You can google Tour de SAVE Northfield or I’ll have a link from kymnradio.net at noon today. Listen to their complete interview online.
Sales, hula hoops, k-9’s and classic cars – it’s all this Thursday
Starting at 7 o’clock Thursday morning nearly 50 stores and restaurants are taking part in Northfield’s Crazy Daze. Chamber of Commerce Event Coordinator, Jane Bartho, said it’s a win-win, as merchants are clearing their inventory for Fall and patrons are taking advantage of savings. The VFW will be serving up hot dogs and brats, Quality Bakery will have their famous Alaskan donuts, the Chamber will be selling $100 in Chamber bucks and give you $10 free. Emergency vehicles will be on display, there’s a k-9 demonstration, and don’t forget the Rare Pair, hula hoop contest at 2pm. Classic cars will line Division street beginning at 4pm. The fun, food and savings goes all day from 7 to 7! Stay tuned to KYMN for as we give away Chamber Bucks during the week. For a list of activities click HERE.