UPDATE: Ron Clark Changes Mind on Optioned Land

The city maintains the option is now void.

for the old city garage site, City Attorney Corrine Heine received notice that the developer had "changed his mind."

The city entered into an option agreement with Ron Clark, of Ron Clark Construction & Design, just over a year ago for the former garage site on 76th Street and Pleasant Avenue. The option window lapsed Saturday. June 30. Clark could've extended the contract until October of this year had he put another $5,000 down by the expiration date.

According to an e-mail from Assistant City Manager Pam Dmytrenko, Heine drafted a response to the developer's lawyer, Jim Susag, this afternoon stating that the option had expired and the city wasn't obligated to sell.

"The option agreement stated a deadine of June 30, 2012, which Mr. Clark did not meet. The option is a private contract that is not governed by Minnesota Statutes section 645.15," Heine's response said. "Delivery could have been made on Saturday the 30th by deposit with a courier, by facsimile transmission, or by deposit of registered or certified mail. Your client did not make the delivery on the 30th, and the option has now lapsed."

Richfield Patch will update readers as more information becomes available. See more coverage of this development in our Pillsbury Commons topic page.

Caitlin Burgess July 04, 2012 at 04:42 AM
I have to say, I'm surprised the comments section is blank on this one.
Finn D. Cision July 05, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Oh, it isn't. The interesting part is the implication that the developer asserted Minn. Stat. sec. 645.15 extended the deadline of a contract in the same way the law operates to give citizens extra time to renew vehicle tags with the government when the deadline to renew falls on a weekend day or holiday. Not quite the same thing, different policy interests...
Brie Shultz July 08, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Any update to this? Why bother changing his mind, the city is firmly against him?
Caitlin Burgess July 09, 2012 at 03:18 AM
From what I can tell from the city attorney's response, the city maintains the contract is expired and there isn't anything binding them to reconsider. I'll check in this week and see if there is any new news.
Barry L. October 23, 2012 at 02:35 PM
From: Barry LeBlanc <barry0404@yahoo.com> Subject: COUNCIL MEMO NO. 96 To: john.stark@cityofrichfield.org Cc: SDevich@cityofrichfield.org, "Pat Elliott (HRC) (CC Liaison)" <pat@elliottlaw.net>, "Debbie Goettel" <dgoettel@comcast.net> Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 10:05 AM Hi John, Could you please provide the names and credentials of the Housing policy task force? Also has there been a schedule or meetings that are planned? Best Regards, Barry LeBlanc 612.861.1142 DISCUSSION REGARDING RICHFIELD HOUSING POLICY (HRA MEMO NO. 41, COUNCIL MEMO NO. 96) After much discussion the consensus was to form a task force led by a facilitator and consisting of various groups within the community and some outside organizations, such as the Metropolitan Council. Community Development Director Stark stated he would provide a memo to all members with suggested categories of people to fill technical advisory roles, names of facilitators and their credentials, a futurist, and a schedule that will start the group to move forward.


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