The City of Mankato has approved a $23 million redevelopment of a property which was once home to city public works.

The now-vacant land will become home to affordable housing, a complex focused on families at risk of homelessness, and a daycare.

City Manager Pat Hentges will negotiate the deal and is expected to come back before the city council with a final contract by early summer.

“We have given one whole year to allow for construction to start and to have the second part of the project make application for financing. The third part of the project may be out there. So, we’ve given them 18 months to begin a phase and perfect their project. So I don’t see construction happening realistically until this time next year at the earliest.”

Construction on the supportive housing could follow in 2020.

In other action, the council approved a $10 million addition to the Johnson Outdoors plant, which will see workers move to the expanded building on the east side of town from the original location.

They plan to add a handful of new workers when construction is complete, and if that doesn’t come to pass the company will have to repay a half-million dollars in tax increment financing from the city. That funding will allow for the correction of soil problems at the site.

Site plan for the proposed development.

Artist rendering of the new development.

Additional information provided by Brandon Lewis, KTOE News.