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Zoning switch OK’d for mall area

Transformation to Corridor Plaza is underway

The zoning change needed for the transformation of Crossroads Mall into the diversified Corridor Plaza development was approved by the Fort Dodge City Council on Monday.

The council switched the 30.1-acre site’s designation from arterial commercial and shopping center commercial to planned development.

In doing so, the council set aside its usual procedure and approved the change on one vote instead of three.

The mall was purchased early this year by Crossroads Plaza Development LLC, of Ankeny. That firm plans to demolish the mall and replace it with a complex of stores, offices, apartments, a clinic, a gas station and a hotel. A 10,000-square-foot green space is envisioned for the center of the site.

The former Sears store at the mall was demolished last November. Demolition of the JC Penney and Younkers stores will begin this fall.

Construction of two new roads through the site is expected to begin late this year.

A new UnityPoint Health — Clinic Express is scheduled to open at the northeast end of the property, near First Avenue South and 29th Street, next summer.

The council approved the zoning change with no debate.

In other business, the council hired Rasch Construction Inc., of Fort Dodge, to install a new culvert under North Seventh Street, just north of the entrance to Loomis Park. The company will be paid $131,500.

The culvert will replace one that is too small and is overwhelmed during heavy rains. The result is that North Seventh Street gets flooded.

Other bidders for the job were J & K Contracting, of Urbandale, $132,755; Peterson Contracting Inc., of Reinbeck, $135,410; Crow River Construction, of New London, Minnesota, $148,911; and On Track Construction, of Nevada, $183,640.

The council also hired Jamie Campbell as an emergency medical technician to fill a vacancy in the Fire Department. She is a certified National Registry EMT with additional training in basic and advanced cardiac life support.

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