AUAR Complete; Digi-Key Cleared for Construction 04 Jan 18

A major private construction project cleared a giant hurdle this week, when the Thief River Falls City Council accepted the “Alternative Urban Areawide Review” for a huge expansion at Digi-Key.

Public Works Director Mark Borseth says the state document is the equivalent of an Environmental Impact Statement, with three state agencies adding comments to the final review .. the DNR and the MPCA; relating to permitting requirements .. and the State Department of Transportation over pedestrian facilities to serve the nearby multi-family neighborhood.

The AUAR was accepted Tuesday by the City Council; clearing the way for state permitting to begin the Construction Process.

Digi-Key is expected to break ground this spring on the million square foot “Product Distribution Center Expansion,” expected to add a thousand new jobs over the next decade – representing an estimated three hundred million dollar investment in the community of Thief River Falls and Northwestern Minnesota.