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July 12, 2013

Canola plant design up for MAPC review

ENID, Okla. — The proposed Northstar Agri Industries canola processing plant now has a site plan, which will be reviewed by city officials Thursday.

The plan includes five miles of railroad track and the processing plant can handle up to 2,200 tons of canola each day, according to the company, and will cost $200 million to build.

The city of Enid has agreed to help fund the construction of Northstar’s plan through the use of a TIF, or Tax Increment Finance district.

Because of the TIF, 90 percent of any increase in property taxes on its 400 acres will go directly back to the company.

The canola plant will be built north of U.S. 412 between 66th and 78th.

Members of the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission will get a chance to approve the site plan Thursday, then send it to the Enid City Commission for final approval. The MAPC meeting originally was scheduled for Monday, but had to be canceled.

Other entities and people requesting planning approval Thursday are Skyview Estates, Magellan Pipeline Co., Black Sheep Oilfield Services, Ron Jones, Enid Property Management, Donnie Arbuckle and Steve Rust Sr.

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