Supervisors Hear Pella Proposal

OSKALOOSA – Major development will be coming to eastern Marion County if Mahaska County Supervisors approve an urban renewal plan submitted by the city of Pella. Pella City Manager Mike Nardini presented the information at the supervisor’s meeting Tuesday morning.

Nardini told supervisors that Lely, a company in Pella which makes milking equipment for agriculture use, wishes to build its North American headquarters in the Marion County city. They currently have a facility on the Vermeer campus, but wish to expand.

“We are looking at rezoning the area to heavy industrial,” said Nardini. “We are coming to you to ask for approval for us to move forward because part of the area is in Mahaska County along County Line Road.”

According to Nardini, the $16 million facility will be built south of Iowa 163, utilizing 15 acres of the 65 acres designated as the Urban Renewal Area. Lely has received financial support of $745,000 in tax incentives from the State of Iowa Department of Economic Development. Part of the requirement is a local match. Pella plans to meet that match by providing the entire infrastructure, including water, sanitary sewer, utilities and road improvements.

“What we are asking is to approve this in two steps,” said Nardini. “We first need for you to approve the Urban Renewal Area because it lies along the county line. Second, we would have a separate agreement for us to do improvements to County Line Road. There will be no cost to Mahaska County; the city of Pella is paying for the improvements.”

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