City, college move forward with plans to close street

In the wake of several years of discussions, the Hastings City Council and Hastings College still intend to cooperate on a plan to close Ninth Street between Elm and Ash avenues, creating a green space and pedestrian mall for the campus.

Don Jackson, president of Hastings College, and Gary Freeman, the college’s chief financial officer, presented an updated street closure plan to the council at a work session Tuesday. Lyle Fleharty, a member of the college board of trustees and chairman of the building and grounds committee, was also in attendance.

The city and college drew up a formal development agreement in 2012 that made a plan for the title of property along Ninth Street in front of the college’ Hazelrigg Student Union to be transferred from the city to the college, should the council approve the action.

On Tuesday, the college officials and council projected that title transfer will happen in the summer of 2015.

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