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New Restaurant, Retail Building, Proposed for Lexington-Diffley Neighborhood

The owner of the Diffley Marketplace wants to build a 5,580-square-foot, sit-down restaurant and a 9,424-square-foot retail building just east of the existing development.

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The owners of the Diffley Marketplace have plans to expand the retail complex—plans that include the development of a full-service restaurant and a 9,424-square-foot multi-tenant retail building.

The Eagan City Council reviewed plans for the proposed development on Tuesday night, unanimously passing a final planned development agreement for the multi-tenant building and a preliminary planned development agreement for the proposed restaurant.

The two projects will likely be built separately, according to Rick Plessner, Vice President of Inland Commercial Property Management, LLC., the company that owns the Diffley Marketplace. The marketplace, located just southeast of the intersection of Diffley Road and Lexington Avenue in Eagan, was constructed in 2008 and includes a Cub Foods, Dunn Bros. Coffee Shop and several other businesses.

The property, plus two adjacent parcels to the east of the retail center, were purchased by Inland in 2010, Plessner said. The company plans to use those adjacent lots as the location for both the proposed restaurant and the retail building.

Ground breaking on the retail center could come as early as this spring, Plessner said. The proposed building may accommodate as many as five tenants, and already Plessner is negotiating with an orthodontist, dentist, daycare provider and a frozen yogurt shop interested in the space.

Development of the 5,580-square-foot restaurant is running on a slightly slower timeline, Plessner said. The company is currently in talks with a family-friendly restaurant business that doesn't yet have a location in Eagan, Plessner said. The restaurant plans include outdoor patio seating. The style of both proposed buildings would match the building style of the marketplace complex, according to Plessner.

"We think that we have a good neighborhood user that might ask for [a permit to serve] beer and wine," Plessner told the council on Tuesday.

Correction: This article has been modified to correct an inaccuracy. The Diffley Marketplace is located southeast of the Lexington-Diffley intersection, and the site of the proposed development is just east of the marketplace.

Gino Lyons January 03, 2013 at 02:16 PM
I'm still a tad ticked off that they got away with puting a liquor store in front of an elementry. Divided highway or not! Its amazing what the city will allow. They put small businesses like that nice russian man that owned the liq store by subway out of business. He was the proper distance off lexington. Plus was not in view of the school. Just saying!
Robert Eisele January 03, 2013 at 03:56 PM
Just what we need, more traffic in a congested area, with three schools and many kids crossing Diffley to school with no school crossing zones except for Diffley and Braddock trail. Which they can not access bacause the city will not plow the south sidewalk. Where is the priority??????
borat Azamat January 03, 2013 at 07:04 PM
Please put Cane's chicken in. Also a place that sells waffle cones filled with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and cranberries OR mexican burrito fillings.
Adam Kneeland January 03, 2013 at 07:38 PM
More Business means more jobs and less/lower taxes for the residents. These are two of the things people complain about the most. When someone offers to provide these things, people complain about that. Where are your priorities now?
Robert Eisele January 03, 2013 at 09:14 PM
Safety for the children walking to school, that's all I'm asking for Adam.I think they deserve that much!!
Charlene January 04, 2013 at 04:02 AM
I'm confused as to the location. Your story says that the marketplace is located just southwest of the intersection of Diffley Road and Lexington Avenue. I thought the marketplace was southeast of the intersection. Also, are the two adjacent parcels to the west of the retail center? Or the east?
David Henke (Editor) January 04, 2013 at 01:31 PM
Thanks for the comment, Charlene. You are correct on both counts. I've amended the article and issued a correction. Our apologies for the error!

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