Thursday, May 16, 2013
The consternation that marked a January meeting on the proposed reconstruction of a portion of Pilot Knob Road was nowhere in sight last week.
After rejecting Dakota County's Pilot Knob Road corridor study findings in January as premature and harmful to local businesses, the Eagan City Council came around to the idea last week. At a regular meeting on Tuesday, May 7, the council unanimously approved the county's long-term recommendation to add a third southbound lane to Pilot Knob through the Pilot Knob and Yankee Doodle Road intersection to improve flow. The plan also calls for the eventual elimination of the Wells Fargo driveway entrance just north of that intersection and several other improvements. The improvements are needed, county officials say, to relieve heavy traffic and reduce accident risks on a .36-mile-long stretch between Yankee Doodle Road and Central Parkway. In …
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Each Sunday, Eagan Patch takes a moment to look back at the headlines from the previous week.
BLOGS: BUSINESS: COMMUNITY: GOVERNMENT: PUBLIC SAFETY: SCHOOLS: SPORTS:
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 …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Save Parkview Coalition spokesperson Mark Skweres believes Eagan Mayor Mike Maguire treated opposition to the Parkview redevelopment plans unfairly on Tuesday night.
Editor's Note: Eagan Mayor Mike Maguire sat down with Patch on Thursday to discuss the council's Parkview decision, and to respond to the criticism leveled by opponents of the vote. Click here to view his video. Eagan Mayor Mike Maguire's treatment of a potential, third-party buyer interested in saving Parkview Golf Course has Parkview supporters fuming. Deep into a six-hour deliberation on Tuesday, Maguire grilled Eagan resident Jeff Varela over his last-minute, $1.5 million offer for the 80-acre golf course property. In the end, Maguire and other council members ruled that Varela's offer wasn't a viable offer for the property. The amount offered was significantly lower than the roughly $3.5 million assessed value of property, according …
Amid heated words, the Eagan City Council voted Tuesday to allow developer Hunter Emerson to redevelop the well-known local golf course.
Editor's Note: Eagan Mayor Mike Maguire sat down with Patch on Thursday to discuss the council's Parkview decision, and to respond to the criticism leveled by opponents of the vote. Click here to view his video. Once bitten, twice shy. The Eagan City Council said yes on Tuesday night to a proposal to convert the 80-acre Parkview Golf Course property into a 170-unit residential development, with many council members citing an all-too-similar 2007 court ruling and settlement against the city as a significant factor in their decision. The council's climactic decision came after roughly six hours of emotionally-charged discussion and testimony. One Eagan resident left the council chamber after hurling an insult at Mayor Mike Maguire. Following…
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Collin Westgard builds and refurbishes computers out of his parents' garage—then he donates them to families in need across the community.
Even in preschool, Collin Westgard had an affinity for computers. "At age four, he was the kid in the room who would rather help someone else play on the computer or work on it, than play with the blocks," his mother, Kathleen, remembers. Westgard, now a 15-year-old freshman at Eagan High School, still loves tinkering with computers and helping others—two traits that have earned him a special shout-out from Eagan Mayor Mike Maguire and the Eagan City Council. That's because Westgard, who works out of his parents' garage in Eagan, is using his skills to build and donate computers to local students. As if that wasn't enough, he also provides free tech support to elderly computer owners in the community. "With youth like this, and parents …
Monday, March 25, 2013
Eagan city officials say they would like to consider the use of Tax Increment Financing to help fund improvements on the property. But first, they have to change a state law.
Pedestrian access, a multi-level parking garage, a mix of office and retail space. Eagan city officials have a laundry list of features they would like to see Minneapolis-based CSM Corporation incorporate into the company's redevelopment of the former Lockheed Martin property. But to get there, the city may have to chip in some public money. Eagan Community Development Director Jon Hohenstein said the city is considering the creation of a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District to help fund certain infrastructure improvements on the 47.4-acre site, which is situated just off Pilot Knob Road in Eagan. WHAT IS A TIF DISTRICT? When new development is constructed on a site, the market value of that property and its property taxes typically rise…
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Each week, Eagan Patch reviews the headlines with our 'Week in Review' feature.
BLOGS: BUSINESS: COMMUNITY: GOVERNMENT: PUBLIC SAFETY: SCHOOLS:
Friday, March 22, 2013
Watch Eagan Television's video of Eagan Mayor Mike Maguire's full 50-minute 2013 State of the City address.
Friday, March 22
Eagan Mayor Mike Maguire's delivered the 2013 State of the City address on Thursday morning at the Eagan Community Center. Video is provided by Eagan Television. RELATED:
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Watch video from Eagan Mayor Mike Maguire's State of the City address, given Thursday morning at the Eagan Community Center.
How can the city better position itself to become an information technology leader and a center for economic innovation? That was the question at the core of Eagan Mayor Mike Maguire's annual State of the City address, given Thursday morning at the Eagan Community Center. For Eagan's already-robust technology industry to keep growing, the city must do its best to foster a "talent economy," Maguire said. "The new generation looks beyond just compensation from work. They look at neighborhoods, school districts, entertainment, cultural aspects and how their lives can be enhanced beyond work," Maguire said. Check out the full story by clicking here. Watch video of the full address by clicking here. Follow Eagan Patch on Twitter | Like us on …