PELLA — On Tuesday night, the Pella City Council passed several resolutions relating to development and construction.
Notably, the council set a public hearing date on Sept. 7 for the proposed urban renewal plan for the Prairie Ridge commercial area.
The council approved a final plat for the project, as well as said yes to a cost-sharing agreement with RDP Holdings for up to $900,000 in southwest sanitary sewer improvements.
“The intent of their proposed urban renewal district is to recruit and attract more commercial development for the city of Pella,” City Administration Mike Nardini said. “This is also the same area where the proposed Regional Entertainment Center will be located.”
The council also set a consulting date on Aug. 12 that would address any questions related to the taxing and the urban renewal area.
“Since a portion of this plan is in Marion County, the Marion County supervisors would also have to consent to allowing us to extend that urban renewal plan within the non-corporate areas of Marion County as well,” Nardini said.
The Marion County Board of Supervisors will discuss the agenda item on Aug. 10, which is their next meeting.
Wonder Spleen, the nonprofit working towards creating a disability-friendly playground, will also receive more features for their park. The Pella City Council has previously allocated $350,000 for the project, according to Nardini.
The new additions will include a new shelterhouse, Yalp Sona Arch, and additional fencing. With these changes, the city contributions will increase to $361,500.
“It is important to know that a majority of the money is being privately raised by the Wonder Spleen group, so that’s a very big benefit,” Nardini said. “This is actually a great project to have in our community, but please keep this in mind as we talked about these changes that most of these contributions and most of the project is being funded by private funds this evening.”
The next Pella City Council Meeting will be on Aug. 17, beginning at 6 p.m.