Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The 146-foot-tall water tower in Eagan is a money-maker for the city, but the aging building needs at least $510,000 in maintenance.
Demolish the Sperry Water Tower? Convert it into a giant hydro-battery? Make it a public art installation? Allow someone to take up private residence in it? The ideas ranged far and wide at an Eagan City Council meeting on Tuesday night, as the council considered the fate of the 146-foot structure just north of Central Park in Eagan. Built in 1967, the 500,000-gallon reservoir was the city's first water tower, and for decades it served as an integral part of the city's water system. But in recent years, the Sperry tower has been supplanted by newer infrastructure. No longer needed for its original purpose, the tower was disconnected from the water system in 2009. The aging tower needs at least $510,000 in maintenance over the next 3-5 …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
On a separate note, hundreds of Eagan residents have signed four petitions asking the city to make changes to its snow and ice removal policies for trails and sidewalks in the city.
The Eagan City Council will convene at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening at City Hall to hold a work session meeting. Here's a preview of a selection of agenda items the council is expected to discuss. For a full agenda, click here.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Southview Senior Living wants to build a 148-unit senior living complex along Blackhawk Road in Eagan.
A proposal for a four-story, 148-unit senior living complex is one step closer to reality at the Eagan City Council meeting on last Tuesday. The council voted unanimously to submit a Comprehensive Land Use Plan amendment request to the Metropolitan Council on behalf of Southview Senior Communities, a Mendota Heights-based company behind the senior housing project. Southview operates a handful of senior housing facilities scattered across northern Dakota County, and plans to develop the new project on a 10-acre site at 4232 Blackhawk Road. The proposed Blackhawk Road complex would house 32 memory care units, 48 assisted living units and 68 independent living units, according to information submitted by the developer. The facility would also…
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
A 50-unit housing development designed for low- to moderate-income families got a green light from the Eagan City Council on Tuesday.
Dakota County Community Development Agency officials and Eagan City Council members did their best Tuesday night to assuage the fears of a group of Lemay Lake residents worried about a 50-unit affordable housing facility proposed for the area. Neighbors living near the proposed site of the workforce housing facility expressed concerns over the increased traffic, crime and crowding the project could bring to the neighborhood. In the end, the council voted unanimously to move forward with the project; approving rezoning, a site plan and final platting for the development, which will be located at 1319 Jurdy Road. The complex, which would be developed and operated by the CDA, is part of the agency's Family Townhome Program. The program is …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Will Eagan may soon be home to another affordable housing complex, if the council votes to approve a site plan and rezoning for a 50-unit townhome facility near Lemay Lake.
The Eagan City Council will convene at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening at City Hall to hold a regular meeting. Here's a preview of a selection of agenda items the council is expected to discuss. For a full agenda, click here.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Proceeds from the golf course, which is slated for redevelopment, will go toward several local charity causes.
Parkview Golf Course's fate may be sealed, but owners and developers have decided to give local golfers one last shot at playing the course. Parkview co-owner Robert Zakheim announced late last week that the course will open on May 3 for the spring season, and that all net proceeds from the driving range and green fees will be donated to a pair of local charity causes: The Eagan Resource Center and the family of former Parkview employee Ken Severson. Severson, a longtime employee of the course, passed away of a rare heart condition. Proceeds will be used to bolster the college funds of Severson's two children. "Parkview Golf Associates and Hunter Emerson are excited about this plan," Zakheim wrote in a news release issued late last week. "…
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
For two years, Dewey's Café has added color and coffee to Wescott Library. At the end of April, the quirky coffee shop will be under new ownership.
Dewey's Café, the quirky, privately-operated coffee shop housed in Eagan's Wescott Library, will soon be under new ownership—thanks to a new partnership between the library and city officials. Last week, the Eagan City Council approved a joint agreement that will allow the city to operate the coffee shop/concessions business—which is currently owned and operated by entrepreneurs Tyler Liedman and Chris McLean. On Tuesday, the Dakota County Board of Commissioners also approved the agreement. Liedman and McLean opened the café two years ago as part of a public-private partnership with the library. Although the business built a loyal following during its tenure at the library, the pair was was unable to make it financially viable, McLean said…
Monday, April 22, 2013
The meeting will be co-hosted by State Rep. Sandra Masin in the Eagan city council chambers.
District 51 Sen. Jim Carlson (DFL) will be holding a town hall meeting in Eagan's city council chambers on Wednesday along with District 51A Rep. Sandra Masin (DFL). Carlson and Masin will update their constituents on the the 2013 session before taking questions. The event will run from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the city council chambers in Eagan's City Hall.
Friday, April 19, 2013
Mayor Mike Maguire spoke with Patch regarding the council's decision to approve the Parkview redevelopment, moving forward and his own personal stake as a resident living near the golf course.
Voting in favor of the redevelopment of Parkview Golf Course was a particularly difficult—and personal—decision, Eagan Mayor Mike Maguire told Eagan Patch on Thursday. Maguire, a longtime resident of one of the neighborhoods near the golf course, spoke with Patch to offer his own perspective on the decision, and to respond to criticism leveled by opponents of the council's decision. On Tuesday, the council voted 4-1 to approve a land use amendment, rezoning, subdivision, site plan and environmental review for the 80-acre golf course site. The vote paved the way for developer Hunter Emerson to purchase the site and build a proposed, 170-unit housing development on the beloved 18-hole course. Now that the decision is made, Maguire hopes the …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The Eagan City Council is also expected to vote whether to permit the proposed redevelopment of Parkview Golf Course.
The Eagan City Council is expected to take on the proposed redevelopment of Parkview Golf Course on Tuesday night, but that's not the only item on the agenda. The council will convene at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening at City Hall to hold a regular meeting. Here's a preview of a selection of agenda items the council is expected to discuss. For a full agenda, click here. The proposed Parkview Golf Course redevelopment will likely be before the council for consideration on Tuesday. Click here for more information. Correction: This article has been changed to correct an inaccuracy. The Eagan City Council isn't expected to take action on Tuesday on alleged ordinance violations committed by Heavenly Asian Massage. Instead, the council is expected…