Next week the North Mankato Planning Commission will consider two requests from Harrison Truck Center to rezone its property to Heavy Industrial and consider accepting the preliminary and final plat for a new facility.

In 2016, Harrison Truck purchased nearly 21-acres of property in the North Port Industrial Park, but the property has sat undeveloped to this point. The company is currently located off of Highway 14 in Mankato.

North Mankato City Administrator John Harrenstein.

Just last month, the City Council approved directing officials to put together an engineering report to expand the North Port Industrial Park further to the west, past the Harrison Truck property. City Administrator John Harrenstein says it will open up the possibilities to acquire right-of-way and build a frontage road along Highway 14.

“So that when businesses come in we are ready to go in that area. We already have 50 acres available, part of that was acquired last year when we purchased the Timm Farm. Palmer Bus Services and then Blue Star Power is getting ready to start this spring. But then there’s also another 50 acres north of them that’s available for sale.”

Harrenstein adds that it is about continuing efforts to expand the industrial park and making businesses visible along Highway 14.

“The industrial really took a huge leap ahead in 2013 with instillation of the interchange at Highway 14 and 41 and continues to be one of the best investments the community could have made up in that area. Because in the last five years we’ve had, including what we’re talking about doing this year, at least 30-million dollars in development and another 100 jobs.”

The Planning Commission will consider the request from Harrison Truck Center at its meeting on Thursday, May 10 at 7 p.m. in the Council chambers.