Planning for anticipated growth


Monday’s annual meeting of the Lake Preston Development Board was short, the public portion lasting less than 15 minutes.

Gevo, a sustainable jet fuel plant that plans to build a facility near Lake Preston, is stimulating more development plans.

There was discussion that Gevo plans to break ground this spring or early summer, with a conditional-use hearing planned at a county commission meeting next week.

It is anticipated that there will be about 300 people employed for the first phase of construction, which includes putting up a wind-tower farm and 1,000 workers while constructing the plant. All of this means the need for more housing, food and everything else the community will provide to support this workforce. The construction phase alone is expected to take about two years.

The grounds of the former Kingsbury Memorial Manor, a vacant facility that was demolished last year, have been cleaned up by Banner Engineering, and new housing is being built in that area of town.

The board also discussed the possibility of setting up camps for temporary (but long-term) construction workers on the former airport property.

In other business, Horizon Health is looking at Feb. 2 as the tentative date to move into the new clinic on Main Avenue.


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