New apartment sites to be considered in Fort Dodge

Fort Dodge officials are seeking more locations where it would be appropriate to build apartments.

The City Council will consider the issue during a workshop to begin at 5 p.m. Monday in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S.

Specifically, the council will discuss changing a planning document called the future land use map to identify more sites for multi-family housing.

In a report to the council, the city’s planning staff has listed these sites as potential places for multi-family housing:

• 28 acres along First Avenue South east of 32nd Street;

• 28 acres near Fort Dodge Middle School;

• 31 acres on Rolling Hills Drive;

• 35 acres on 15th Street near 31st Avenue North;

• 40 acres near 10th Avenue North and 32nd Street;

• 16 acres on the northwest side of the intersection of 25th Avenue North and 32nd Street;

• 36 acres on the southwest side of the intersection of 25th Avenue North and 32nd Street;

• 36 acres near 32nd Street and Second Avenue North.

Also during the workshop, the council will discuss a proposal to limit tents where fireworks will be sold to areas zoned for light industry and heavy industry. However, no temporary fireworks sales tents would be allowed on Fifth Avenue South.

The council’s regular business meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building.

During that session, the council will consider using tax increment financing money to buy and demolish a house at 512 S. 16th St.

Tax increment financing occurs when increased property tax revenue from a designated area is set aside to be reinvested in that area.

The city has been buying land near the intersection of Fifth Avenue South and 16th Street since 2017. Buildings acquired by the city have been knocked down as part of an effort to clear the area for future redevelopment. Three houses and the buildings of the former Walt’s Auto have been demolished.

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