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Antwerp CIC discusses economic development activities
Tuesday, June 04, 2013 5:31 PM

ANTWERP – The Antwerp Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) held a meeting May 28.

Present were president Randy Derck, secretary/treasurer Sue Derck, Mayor Tom Van Vlerah, village administrator Sara Keeran, Ray DeLong, PCED director Tony Langham, Councilman Larry Ryan, Benny Wyckoff, John Kobee, and consultant Larry Dillin.

The upcoming auction of the CIC’s 47 acres of land east of Antwerp was discussed. The object of selling the ground is to help fund improvements to the interchange development at 24/49. The auction will take place at the VFW on June 20 by Gorrell Realty.

Also discussed were sewer/water, drainage and road construction at the site to better serve the area. Discussion is ongoing with Dollar General, which has an interest in locating at the interchange. Keeran, DeLong and Kobee are making arrangements to hold a meeting of the 24/49 land committee and Poggemeyer Design Group regarding the details of the new road leading back to a 64-acre development.

Dillin, reported that his group has contacted a hotel chain, a fast food chain, and a retail store about locating at the 24/49 interchange. No obligations have been made by any of these businesses.

Keeran reported that she is working on a grant for a sidewalk to connect the downtown with the new proposed interchange development.

Events were reported upon; all agreed that the chamber, ACDC and the Vancrest McLaughlin Gymnasium are to be commended on their activities of holding events that are bringing new people and income to Antwerp.

Langham discussed the need for local investor involvement for development of the town. One asset that the community doesn’t want to lose is the wildlife mounts of Dr. Bricker’s. There may not be a place to house it and the money to secure the collection, but it is a real attraction.

All the committee agreed it would be good to hold another public meeting to inform the public of progress that has been happening in Antwerp and solicit volunteers to serve on decision-making committees. A notice will be published when that meeting will be held.

If anyone has any questions or input regarding the development of Antwerp, contact Randy Derck 419-258-5511, or Tony Langham 419-399-8282, or other of the meeting attendees.