Monday, April 15, 2013
Wachter served on the Eagan City Council from its first meeting in 1974 until his retirement in 1998. He died in March.
Ted Wachter, who died in March at the age of 89, was a major figure in the history of Eagan, shaping it through his 41 years of public service and preserving it through his work at the Eagan Historical Society. "Ted had an institutional historical knowledge of the community that he was able to draw upon so well for many, many years," Dakota County Commissioner Tom Egan told the Pioneer Press. When Eagan was incorporated as a city in 1974, Wachter was elected to its city council's freshman class, but he had already spent 15 years thinking about Eagan as a member of the Eagan Township advisory planning board and village council. "He was [an] initial city of Eagan leader," said Egan, a former city council member and mayor. "He bridged the …
On Tuesday, the Eagan City Council is expected to vote whether to allow a developer to build a 177-home residential development at the current site of Parkview Golf Course in Eagan.
After a death threat, protests by frustrated citizens and numerous studies and recommendations, the Eagan City Council is expected to issue a climactic decision on Tuesday concerning the controversial Parkview Golf Course redevelopment. Last year, Eden Prairie-based Developer Hunter Emerson submitted plans to buy the golf course and convert the 80-acre property into a 177-unit housing development. The proposal almost immediately drew resistance from neighbors, who feel the development would have detrimental effects on the area. To complicate matters further, another buyer has made an offer on the golf course property, and wants to maintain it as a golf course. An attorney representing Hunter Emerson said the company declined the offer for …
Friday, April 12, 2013
Jeff Varela has submitted what he calls a "credible, seven-digit" offer for the 80-acre golf course, just days before city officials will vote to decide the golf course's fate.
Days before the Eagan City Council is expected to vote on the controversial Parkview Golf Course redevelopment proposal, another buyer has stepped forward with an offer to purchase the property and preserve it as a golf course. Longtime Eagan resident Jeff Varela said on Friday that he has made a "credible, seven-digit offer" for the 80-acre, 18-hole golf course, which is at the center of a hot debate over property use. Varela said he plans to operate a family-run golf course on the property, if the current property owners agree to take his offer. Varela isn't the only one with eyes on the golf course property, which sits near the intersection of Pilot Knob Road and Cliff Road in southern Eagan. Eden Prairie-based developer Hunter Emerson …
Monday, April 8, 2013
The parking ramp would be built adjacent to Paragon Outlets' planned, 440,000-square-foot outlet mall in Eagan's Cedar Grove neighborhood.
Eagan city officials unveiled the preliminary designs for a new, $19 million parking ramp on Tuesday, amid debate on whether the ramp should include two levels—as originally planned—or three levels for greater parking volume. The ramp, which will be built in tandem with the Paragon outlet mall project in Eagan's Cedar Grove Redevelopment Area, would provide parking for the 440,000-square-foot mall and other commercial developments built in the area. In the end, the Eagan City Council approved a preliminary, two-level concept plan—with the ability to add a third level later, if needed. A formal version of the parking ramp design will likely be presented at the Eagan Planning Commission's April 17 meeting, and could come back to the council …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The Dakota County Community Development Agency has asked the council to approve a site plan for a 28-unit affordable housing development in Eagan.
The Eagan City Council will convene at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday night at City Hall to hold a special meeting. Here's a preview of a selection of agenda items the council is expected to discuss. For a full agenda, click here.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
The new restaurants will open later this spring at 2000 Rahncliff Road, according to a local developer.
A new sandwich shop and hair stylist have already opened at a new commercial development along Cliff Road in Eagan—and two more restaurants are on their way, according to a local developer. Noodles & Company plans to open its second location in Eagan at 2000 Rahncliff Rd. in April, according to Noodles representative Melanie Bagley. Noodles' arrival will likely be followed by the opening of a Yogurt Lab, Oppidan Vice President of Development Paul Tucci told the Eagan City Council on Tuesday. Last year, Oppidan unveiled plans to demolish a vacant gas station on the 2.8-acre property and build a 7,150-square-foot multi-tenant commercial building with outdoor dining. Already this winter, a new Sport Clips hair stylist and Which Wich sandwich …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Spurred on by the complaints of upset residents, the city opted to send a complaint regarding Comcast's business practices to Eagan's Congressional delegation.
Calling Comcast's cable rate hikes painful to consumers and labeling the company a monopoly, Eagan city officials urged local Congressional delegates to take action in a formal complaint approved on Tuesday night. The letter, ratified by the Eagan City Council, is the latest development in a dustup regarding recent Comcast rate increases. In January, the company began charging some subscribers $1.99 per month for each digital transport adapter, or DTA—a piece of equipment that allows older analog TVs to display digital channels. Eagan residents upset at the unexpected charges took their complaints en masse to City Hall, and the council hosted a public hearing last month with a Comcast representative to "shed light" on the matter. City …
The residents of many of the city's larger apartment complexes will no longer be able to store grills on their patios. The ordinance will improve fire safety at those buildings, according to the city's fire chief.
Want to store your grill on your apartment's outdoor balcony? Better think twice, thanks to an Eagan ordinance amendment passed Tuesday night. Last year, the Eagan City Council prohibited the use of gas or electric grills on the outdoor decks or balconies of housing complexes that have three or more units sharing a common connecting hallway. On Tuesday, the council took that rule one step further, voting unanimously to ban not only the use but the storage of grills on the decks of those housing complexes. It was always the city's intent to ban both the storage and use of grills on those outdoor balconies, Eagan Fire Chief Mike Scott said. But a mistake in the wording of the original statute, approved in May 2012, allowed residents to …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
The Eagan City Council is expected to vote whether to send a formal letter of complaint to the city's Congressional delegation and the FCC regarding Comcast's recent rate changes.
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Sunday, February 24, 2013
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