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‘Hot Topics’ forum centers on significant Willmar area housing challenges

November 18, 2023

‘Hot Topics’ forum centers on significant Willmar area housing challenges
WILLMAR — Since 2018, there have been around 600 housing units developed in Willmar, most of them in multi-unit complexes dotted across the city. While the influx of apartments has been welcome, according to the housing study completed for the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission last year, the city will need an additional 1,580 units of various types and costs between now and 2030. Another 950 will be needed outside of Willmar. “Sources of housing demand

Willmar Wye project wins regional transportation award

October 3, 2023

Willmar Wye project wins regional transportation award
WILLMAR — For almost a year the Willmar Rail Connector and Industrial Access Project, better known as the Willmar Wye , has been safely and efficiently moving train traffic around the city. Now that project is award-winning. It was announced Friday that the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials has selected the Willmar Wye to receive a regional America’s Transportation Award. The project was chosen from a pool of 23 projects from the Mid American Association

Two new ramps finished in Highway 23 project on southwest edge of Willmar, Minnesota

October 3, 2023

WILLMAR — The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced the opening of two of the three new ramps built along state Highway 23 and Kandiyohi County Road 5 as part of the access project in Willmar. Of the three ramps involved in the project, the southwest and northeast ramps opened Sept. 13. Construction has begun on the final ramp on the northwest. A ramp is already in place at the southeast corner of the intersection. Read the full story at the West Central Tribune

City of Willmar deal with National Guard could move more quickly than expected

October 3, 2023

The Willmar City Council on Monday approved an updated memorandum of understanding with the Minnesota Army National Guard for a potential trade of 80 acres in the Willmar Industrial Park for the Guard facilities on North Business 71. WILLMAR — The Willmar City Council on Monday approved an updated memorandum of understanding with the Minnesota Army National Guard for a potential swap of Guard facilities on North Business 71 for city-owned land in the Willmar Industrial

MB Rail closes on Purchase of land for Willmar Rail Park

September 23, 2023

WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission heard good news last week, but also expressed concerns that the loss of the top two staffers in the city of Willmar’s planning department may delay some projects on which the EDC is currently working.   Aaron Backman, Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission executive director The good news is that Midwest and Bluegrass Rail closed on its purchase of 144 acres in the Willmar
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