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Brainerd City Council: Council approves terms of agreement with The Pines Apartment on College Drive project

Monday night’s closed session during the Brainerd City Council meeting yielded results in alleviating concerns for property and complex owners along College Drive during its construction.

“In general we (the city and council) focused on a potential settlement with one of the property owners that’s affected by the College Drive project as well as other general College Drive issues, including some that were raised last night (during open forum) in last night’s closed session,” said Brainerd City Attorney Tom Fitzpatrick.

Because action cannot be taken while in closed session, council members moved briefly into open session to formally approve and adopt the city’s payment of $67,500 to Brainerd Investments Partnership/Minnerath Residential Properties.

The agreement passed 5-1 with Brainerd City Council President Mary Koep voting no and council member Kevin Goedker absent from Monday’s meeting.

According to terms of the agreement, the total payment includes $28,300 previously deposited by the city with the Crow Wing County District Court as its quick take payment.

Further conditions of agreement include the following breakdown:

• $27,000 is attributed to partial loss of garages and the cost to cure which is the responsibility of the Minneraths.

• $35,000 is attributed to the cost to modify the complex parking lot as a consequence of the city project. Lot repairs and replacement will be the responsibility of the Minneraths.

• $5,000 will be attributed to temporary payment for the above easements.

• $5,000 will be attributed to the cost of a new sign along Mississippi Parkway. Construction of the sign will be the responsibility of the Minneraths who will also be responsible to pay for its cost.

• $4,500 credit as part of the agreement the city is acquiring additional permanent easement for access to other parcel from Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) which is owned by Minneraths. The property owner is willing to reimburse or deduct that expense from rest of the award.

JESSI PIERCE, staff writer, may be reached at 855-5859 or Follow her on Twitter at (@jessi_pierce).