Emily Northey, Minnesota Main Street Program Coordinator with Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, joined us this week for a chat about historic commercial districts like we have in downtown Northfield. She and the board were in town Monday afternoon for a long-range planning retreat at the Archer House.
The guest this week was Lee Theis, president and owner of Motokazie, a motor-sports race promotion and track-building company, and developer of the proposed MotokazieLand Recreation Park (PDF) in the highway commercial zone between I35 and Cty Rd 46 at Cty Rd 1 in Rice County.
The guest this week, Northfield City Councilor Kris Vohs (At-Large), with two of his grand kids in the audience.
They asked him to explain his vote in favor of the plan to reuse the existing Safety Center location for a new fire station and to build a police station at a new location. The surprising short version of his answer: getting ‘political’ support to build a single building would be difficult in this economic climate. More surprising: he doesn’t support going to the citizens on a referendum to fund the facilities.
The rest of the show was spent discussing the trees on 4th St.
The guest this was week, Steve Engler, currently Vice President of the City of Northfield Economic Development Authority (EDA). The conversation primarily dealt with the recent debate on the EDA about the role of the Economic Development Director, Jody Gunderson.