Eagan Patch gleaned through our archives to bring you the top news stories and issues of 2011. We've already published our retrospectives on local , and news.
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Eagan has targeted the Cedar Grove area for revitalization for more than a decade, and the city continues to inch forward with its plans there. Leonard Pratt of Pratt Development, the site’s master developer, told the Eagan City Council in October that five projects were "in the queue" for the area, and that two of those projects—senior housing rental development and an office complex—could begin construction in 2012.
Eagan officials still aren't sure what to do with the roughly 47-acre Lockheed Martin property, which will be vacated by the company next year. In December, the council received the results of a retail market study. The study, Maxfield Research Inc., indicates that Eagan’s central commercial district can support as much as 940,000 square feet of additional commercial retail space. The catch? In order to be most succesful, the area must contain retailers not already found in the city.
There's no doubt that next year will be an interesting one for the political scene in Eagan. The news in 2011 has already been punctuated by announcements from local political figures declaring their candidacy for the 2012 election. Among the declared candidates so far: Eagan City Councilmember Gary Hansen (link in the title), , , and former Senator Jim Carlson.
To relieve congestion on Yankee Doodle Road and Pilot Knob Road, city officials designed and developed a ring road route following Denmark Avenue, Northwood Parkway, Central Parkway Federal Drive and Duckwood Drive. The culmination of the significant public works project came this November, when city officials held a celebration on the Duckwood Drive overpass.
Eagan officials held the grand opening of the city's new $8.1 million this summer. The roughly 38,000 square foot building is a shared-use facility that provides quicker fire response time, consolidates fire operations, provides much needed storage space for police and fire vehicles and incorporates long-term evidence storage for the Eagan Police Department.