UPDATE: Olmsted County Commissioners approve purchase of Seneca Foods

The 11 acres of land come at the price of $5.6 million.

Posted: Feb 15, 2019 4:51 PM
Updated: Feb 19, 2019 11:41 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - The Olmsted County Commissioners have approved purchasing the former Seneca Foods property.

The 11 acres of land come at the price of $5.6 million. The board voted 5 to 2 to approve the purchase.

One of big questions the County Board of Commissioners were quick to answer was what would happen to the corn cob tower.

"That corn cob will not be going down," Bier said. It will continue to overlook Graham Park and the Board has plans to make the property it sits on a mobility hub and a venue for agriculture, sports and community events.

John Kruesel is all about preserving is all about preserving the corn tower and also has ideas for making the mobility hub more appealing to residents.

"The mobility hub as I see it would be a nice transfer hub of using possibly a trolley that's on the rail lines to bring people to this destination not for parking but bring it for the sports events, the skating events," Kruesel said.

But Bier is not dwelling on the past... he is thinking about the future.

"You look back 20 years and people think it was a very wise decision," Bier said.

Previous coverage:

ROCHESTER, Minn. - The fate of Rochester's iconic corncob water tower seems to be in safe hands.

Olmsted County has reached an agreement with Seneca foods to purchase the 11 acre Seneca canning facility in Rochester, where the water tower sits.

In a press release, the County says they'll work with the City of Rochester to preserve the water tower.

The property is adjacent to Graham Park, which is already owned by Olmsted County.

In a press release, the County says the Seneca property location is "an asset to help realize the vision and master plan for Graham Park as a regional venue for agriculture, sports, and community and private events."

County Comissioners will vote on the final purchase agreement at their meeting on Tuesday, February 19th.

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