Bedford City Council approves expansion of economic development area

BEDFORD – During the special Bedford City Council meeting Wednesday night, City Attorney Greg Pittman addressed the council on the approval of expanding the Economic Development area to include the Old Aldi building on 16th Street.

Members of the Bedford City Council during February 9th special meeting

The approval of the purchase of the building in December relies on the use of TIF dollars to renovate the location for the new police station. The issue with the location currently is that the building does not sit in an Economic Development Area, which would disallow the use of TIF funding.

City Attorney Greg Pittman

The first steps in approving the expansion occurred during a special meeting of the Bedford Redevelopment Commission on January 26th, which was then moved forward to the Bedford Plan Commission for the next phase of approval.

With the approval from the Plan Commission, it advanced to the City Council for approval before heading back to the Redevelopment Commission for a public hearing and final approval.

The city council approved the expansion to include the old Aldi building and the roadway connecting the building to the rest of the Economic Development area.

This proposal will head back to the Redevelopment Commission during their special meeting on February 22nd at 5:00 p.m. Council member Larry Hardman joined the meeting via telephone.