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City working with Hudson to move it from downtown area

Downtown Hastings could soon look much, much different.

The City of Hastings is in negotiations with H.D. Hudson Manufacturing Co. to move them from their large location in downtown Hastings to a vacant building formerly occupied by Intek Plastics.

At a special meeting Monday, June 21, the city council gave its authorization to the Hastings Economic Development and Redevelopment Authority (HEDRA) to continue the negotiations with Hudson.

Should HEDRA be able to purchase the land, the current buildings on the site would likely be demolished to make way for a new development. It is possible that not all of the buildings would be removed.

The purchase would cost HEDRA $3 million. A levy already in place would provide the funding for the purchase. Taxes would not be affected.

Approximately 50 people are employed at Hudson. According to a representative of Hudson, who spoke at Monday's meeting, the firm hopes to double the amount of employees here within a year.

The vacant Intek building is located near Smead Manufacturing Co.

More details will follow.

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.

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