Site preparation has begun on the Sibley Elementary School expansion. Last week, construction permits were pulled because of a mixup. I didn’t see anything about it in last week’s Friday Memo so I phoned Jim Kessler, Northfield’s Building Official, and emailed Supt. Chris Richardson for details. I’ve not yet heard back from Kessler but Richardson wrote: (continued)
My understanding from the city is that they inadvertently issued building construction permits for a project that because of its size (over $100,000 cost) and nature (public school addition) should have been issued by the State of Minnesota. As a result the city construction permit costs will be refunded and application for State permits have been made by the general contractor.
After meeting with school administrators on Wednesday, City representatives met with State officials on Thursday afternoon and shared the Plan Review that had been completed by the City. The State indicated that the City’s Plan Review will be accepted and no additional State Plan Review will be required.
It is anticipated that State permits will be issued within a few days and verbal authority to begin construction has been given by the State. Because final site work is still being completed and no construction work had begun on the addition, any additional time required to obtain State permits will have no impact, whatsoever, on the timeline for construction of the addition.