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Hearings set for local development projects

Two development proposals are headed for a public hearing in May. The Redevelopment Authority for the City of Superior on Tuesday adopted a cooperation agreement with Mission Development LLC for a townhouse development on Barker's Island, and set...

Two development proposals are headed for a public hearing in May.

The Redevelopment Authority for the City of Superior on Tuesday adopted a cooperation agreement with Mission Development LLC for a townhouse development on Barker's Island, and set a public hearing before considering an expansion of a tax increment finance district to accommodate a $15 million expansion at AMSOIL.

Mission Development LLC, a partnership between land developer Bob Coborn and former Superior city planner, Marshall Weems, is planning to build 41 townhomes on four acres of undeveloped land between Barker's Island Marina and existing housing on the island.

A public hearing will be held before the four-acre parcel of city-owned land is sold for the $8.2 million housing development.

John Hosler, vice president of finance for AMSOIL, said the company's worldwide market has been doubling every 31?2-4 years, prompting the need to expand its AMSOIL Center in the former Fleming Foods building.

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The company is planning:

  • A new bulk unloading area will be constructed on the west side of the AMSOIL Center for rail car and tank truck receipts.

The structure will provide covered containment for the staging of up to six rail cars with the capability to load/unload three at a time versus the current one car at a time. The area will also provide tank truck capacity for loading/unloading of four trucks.

  • A new bulk tank farm will be built on the north side of the building. It will be enclosed to improve operator safety, eliminate storm water contact with the process and reduce weather-related temperature variations in the product.
  • An indoor tank farm will be constructed to store lower volume base oils and additives as well as bulk finished products.

The expansion is expected to increase the company's blending capacity 250 percent and add 54 jobs.
Both hearings are scheduled for May 29.

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