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City council OKs annexation for travel plaza

WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington City Council approved an ordinance Monday to annex a 33-acre plot of land at the intersection of Plotts Avenue (Nobles County 57) and Minnesota 60 that will be home to a new travel plaza and gas station.

WORTHINGTON - The Worthington City Council approved an ordinance Monday to annex a 33-acre plot of land at the intersection of Plotts Avenue (Nobles County 57) and Minnesota 60 that will be home to a new travel plaza and gas station.

 

A group of Worthington investors are funding a travel station, which will include a gas station for cars and trucks, and a convenience store with an A&W Root Beer.

 

The station will take up 5.27 acres of the plot, with the rest to be used for other development. Ron Prins, one of the five local investors, said he already has another entity interested in setting up on the property.

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The city council previously agreed to have the city connect water and sewer to the location by June 1, 2018. The plan is to move dirt this fall, and start construction next spring. The annexation is another step toward the group’s goal of opening the store by next summer.

 

“Bid letting is all in for the c-store,” Prins said. “So we have to sit down and figure out which contractor we’ll use.”

 

In a separate motion, council tabled a resolution that would limit city administrator Steve Robinson’s involvement in selection and recommendation of engineers for city projects.

 

For more of this story, see Wednesday's print edition and dglobe.com.

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