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Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - It appears it is back to "square one" for the Olmsted County Board concerning the future of the former Seneca Foods property in southeast Rochester.

Back in August, the commissioners voted to authorize staff to begin negotiations on the potential development agreement with Rochester-based Titan Development. The vote came after the company submitted the top-ranked proposal for the 11-acre parcel adjacent to Graham Park through a process facilitated by Rochester Area Economic Development Inc. Details concerning the Titan proposal have not been made public.

Olmsted County
Olmsted County

The County Board met in a closed session yesterday to discuss the negotiations with Titan Development, which the commissioners determined were at an impasse. Olmsted County spokesperson Rachel Wick issued the following statement this morning.

“At a closed session of its meeting on December 20, 2022, the Olmsted County Board of Commissioners considered additional information provided by Titan Investments concerning its proposal to purchase and redevelop the site of the former Seneca Foods canning facility which Olmsted County now owns. At the conclusion of the closed session, the county board determined negotiations for a possible sale and redevelopment of the site by Titan were at an impasse. This means the parties will sign a joint statement that they are no longer obligated to negotiate and Olmsted County will be free to pursue other options concerning the property.”

photo credit: Peter Moen
photo credit: Peter Moen

The decision of what to do with the property will now be decided by a County Board that will have four new members next year. After Seneca Foods closed its vegetable canning operation in Rochester, Olmsted County purchased the property for $5.6 million in 2019. The County also spent $1.1 million on the demolition of the old Seneca plant at the site.

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