The Cohasset City Council Tuesday night approved the rezoning of property located between County Road 76 and County Road 63 from light industrial to heavy industrial. The property is owned by the Itasca Economic Development Corporation. About eight local residents from County Road 76 spoke to the council during the public hearing. Mark Zimmerman, President and CEO of IEDC, petitioned the council for the change, telling the public that the property is more marketable if it is zoned heavy industry. On a 5-0 vote, the measure passed.
The council also passed a one and a half million dollar, seven year tax abatement for the proposed Itasca Energy Center a$300 million project that will be part of the city’s industrial park. The project proposed by Navasota Energy is for a natural gas-fired power plant.