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City Plan Commission to discuss school site options
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The city of Hudson Plan Commission will discuss the feasibility and cost of extending utilities to the three sites they have asked the school district to consider as secondary school sites at its meeting Thursday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. at City Hall.


The district has requested that the city rezone the former St. Croix Meadows dog track from commercial to public use. The purchase of the property was approved by voters in a referendum in April. The purchase agreement contains the rezoning as a contingency of the sale.

At the hearing at the school district's request last spring, the plan commission gave the district some homework: to do a feasibility analysis on the three properties -- 100 acres owned by the district on County UU in the town of Hudson, a 63-acre parcel owned by St. Croix County at Carmichael and Vine streets and a third property located south of River Crest Elementary -- and compare them to the St. Croix Meadows property.

The school board had previously ruled at least two of the properties out -- the county land based on lack of sufficient acres, and the school-owned property on County UU based on useable acreage and cost of a septic/water system or utilities to the site.

The district's report is expected to be delivered to Community Development head Denny Darnold today for review prior to the district's presentation to the Plan Commission at their meeting on Sept. 6. The findings of the report will be posted for the public on the district's website at on Aug. 27.

Meg Heaton
Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
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