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House near I-94 to be moved for Valley City business corridor

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VALLEY CITY — A stately house visible from Interstate 94 here will be moved to make way for a business corridor.

The brown A-frame house just off Exit 294 is scheduled to be moved by the end of the month.

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The Valley City Barnes County Development Corp. bought the house, two other buildings and the 76 acres they sit on from a local individual, said Jennifer Feist, director of development.

They sold the three buildings on the land, which are in the process of being moved. Neal Kline, who is moving the buildings, declined to comment.

That land is on the eastern edge of the I-94 Regional Development Corridor, which is currently under construction.

The corridor project includes a concrete frontage road, water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer, Feist said. It is expected to be done by the end of October.

About 20 acres are available for purchase for either $75,000 or $125,000 per acre. Incentive pricing is available contingent on job creation. The land is zoned for light industrial.

Feist notes its easy access and visibility.

“We’re looking for growing companies that are interested in that,” Feist said. “It probably needs to be a fairly significant development because of the size. It could be more than one company, too.”

Also along the corridor is a development site for the North Dakota National Guard and a development site for John Deere Seeding Group.

The National Guard is slated to start construction on its first building next spring, Feist said.

The John Deere land is 30 acres adjacent to its current manufacturing facility.

There are no immediate plans for the land, said Dave Lysne, operations manager.

“When it became available through the economic development group, we took advantage of the purchase to help our own operations,” he said.

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