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Byline: Tu-Uyen Tran
Mar. 19--The Grand Forks City Council voted Monday night to table indefinitely a UND zoning proposal that includes a Hilton Garden Inn, delaying the project.
The city wants to use the hotel as a bargaining chip to secure a piece of university land for a future 42nd Street underpass.
The issue in brief is this: To get the 100-room Hilton Garden constructed, UND needs to rezone roughly 32 acres on the southwestern corner of the campus, which is part of a larger technology park. The City Council has to approve the rezoning before the project can proceed, but it wants the school to first set aside a swath of land for the future underpass.
The council effectively told the school: Give us our underpass, and we'll give you your hotel. But UND said the school already is giving the city the underpass, just not quite the way the city wants it.
UND and city officials have …