Rhonda Silence

EDA moving to new office, interviewing new director candidates

The Cook County/Grand Marais Economic Development Authority meets on June 8 to follow-up on EDA activities in May–which were many.

At the May meeting, the EDA approved an EDA office move, learned about tentative plans for a commercial laundry, and heard the latest on the search for a new EDA director, and more.

On the June agenda is a request from Hamilton Habitat to purchase two lots in the Cedar Grove on which to build affordable owner-occupied housing. Hamilton Habitat is offering $10,000 per lot.

The EDA will also consider another request to purchase a lot, from Adam and Mica Harju, owners of Dirt Candy Designs.

There will also be continued discussion of use of a Cedar Grove Business Park for an animal shelter to replace the one displaced by the marina improvements in the Grand Marais Recreation Park. The city of Grand Marais is asking the EDA to transfer ownership of a small lot at no or nominal cost.

The June EDA meeting will be Tuesday, June 8 at 4:30 p.m. The public can observe the meeting remotely via Zoom with this link.
WTIP’s Rhonda Silence learned more about May activities with EDA President Howard Hedstrom.

Here’s their conversation.