Future commercial business park

THE CITY COUNCIL approved an ordinance to annex land at the northeast corner of the intersection of 37th Street and West Omaha Avenue on the western outskirts of Norfolk. The area will be the site of a future commercial business park that will be designed to to attract new and expanding businesses to the city.

The Norfolk City Council had a short agenda Monday night but used that time to move forward with some new development ideas.

The council considered an ordinance to annex land at the northeast corner of the intersection of 37th Street and West Omaha Avenue on the western outskirts of Norfolk.

Andy Colvin, city administrator, told the council the area will be the site of a future commercial business park that will be designed to to attract new and expanding businesses to the city.

The 140-acre parcel for the business park is owned by the Greater Norfolk Economic Development Foundation, which requested the annexation. A 48-acre area of land owned by the city would also be included in the annexation.

Colvin said the more detailed plans for the area are currently in the planning stages.

The council approved the request unanimously on its second reading. By state law, an annexation request must be heard and voted on three times, so the council will consider the annexation for the final time at its next meeting.

The council also approved a contract with Elkhorn Paving Construction to pave portions of Square Turn Boulevard and Georgia Avenue.

Mayor Josh Moenning said the projects are another step towards making all the roads in Norfolk paved roads.

The contract was also a welcome change to a recent trend; the city has been receiving little to no bids for scheduled construction projects, so some projects are being delayed.

Steve Rames, city engineer, said that while Elkhorn Paving was the only bid submitted for the project, their bid fell within the engineering office’s estimate and could be approved.

The other business approved by the council Monday night included a change in a contract for a trail project and a zoning change near 13th Street and Pasewalk Avenue.

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