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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.