North Mankato hotel to be temporary housing for pork plant workers; city to take over troubled property


By Tim Krohn, The Mankato Free Press (MN)

Feb 12, 2021


NORTH MANKATO ?The troubled Norwood Inn, formerly the Best Western in North Mankato, will for the next 24 months house 150 to 200 workers from the Windom Prime Pork processing plant.


The goal for the city is to have the North Mankato Port Authority buy the property for $3.25 million and market it for redevelopment after it is used for housing for up to two years.


On Friday the Port Authority and the City Council approved entering into a legal agreement with HyLife Foods that would allow for the housing even though it violates zoning ordinances. HyLife has a majority interest in Prime Pork.


"If we hadn't done that, I suspect we would have ended up in protracted litigation," City Administrator John Harrenstein told The Free Press.


Twin Cities Lodging purchased the former Best Western in 2016. Last year the company began marketing the property for sale with an asking price of $4 million.


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