August-September 2009 The Cedar Grove Gateway Cedar Grove Redevelopment District: Eagan’s new gateway destination EDA approves parcel purchase agreement Eagan’s Economic Development Authority unanimously suggested price—less than a typical market would approved a parcel purchase agreement for Doran Pratt support—she noted today’s challenging economic Development for a Cedar Grove 10-acre property during environment, including high borrowing costs, restrictive a public hearing in early August. While the terms of the loan-to-value ratios and high interest rates. purchase align with the master Cedar Grove purchase continued on back agreement, the sale would not close until after formal approval of the development plan at a later date. The property would then Cedarvale Lanes celebrates 30 years be utilized for Phase 1 of the redevelopment. Back in 1979, a gallon of gas cost 86 cents, Sony released the Walkman, and Prior to EDA’s vote, Jon Hohenstein, Eagan welcomed Cedarvale Lanes, where community development director, bowlers had their pick of 24 lanes and recounted the previous steps: kicked back in the Spare Time Lounge. ■ March 16: The EDA approved a Today, Cedarvale Lanes enjoys a huge preliminary concept plan for following thanks to 32 lanes, Fitz’s Bar & Phase 1 and a master purchase Grill (named for Hugh Fitzgerald, one agreement, which acts as an of the founding owners), three sand umbrella over multiple individual volleyball courts and a hardworking purchase agreements. management team. ■ June 17: Doran Pratt submitted a development application for In August, Cedarvale Lanes celebrates 30 years in business with bowling specials Cedarvale Lanes’ owners—Gregg Zafft, Phase 1, which incorporates Brent Prentice, Wade Barber and Sharon two apartment buildings (275- (Aug. 27-29) and a live outdoor concert Hanson—have lots to celebrate during 300 units) connected by a with the Casablanca Orchestra on its 30th anniversary: This year the common service area, plus a Saturday, Aug. 29, 8 p.m. to midnight. Eagan landmark enjoyed both its largest spring bowling league season and its central gathering and park space. But Brent Prentice and his co-owners biggest sand volleyball season, the latter During the meeting, Rebecca aren’t looking back. “We’ve worked hard, including 128 teams and more than 1,500 players. Kurtz, financial advisor/vice- made ourselves a Cedar Grove landmark president at Ehlers & Associates, and we’re proud of that.” He notes, presented background information however, that while being a destination establishment is nice, he hopes the on her firm’s pro forma review to redevelopment will bring more traffic to the area. “We’re anticipating some greatness determine the parcel’s purchase down here quick with the Cedar Grove development.” price of $25,000. Explaining the Still have questions? Visit www.cityofeagan.com/CedarGroveRedevelopment, or contact Jon Hohenstein at email@example.com or 651-675-5660. The Cedar Grove Gateway Wickenhauser Excavating awarded Purchase agreement continued from page 1 demolition contract Kurtz noted, however, that the agreement includes a look-back provision, which would allow—if the From a dozen bids, the Dakota County Community financial return is greater than anticipated—the Development Agency Board awarded its latest Cedar City and the developer at a later date to recover Grove demolition contract to Wickenhauser Excavating in a portion or all of the write-down for the initial August. The 35-year-old company will subcontract with purchase price. Twell Environmental to complete the pre-demolition abatement work, including removal of asbestos, lead- In the meantime, the City is reviewing the Phase 1 based paint and hazardous materials. Abatement work is application. Said Hohenstein, “Doran Pratt has planned for the end of August, with demolition following requested that a formal review await the securing of shortly thereafter. Work on the sites is to be completed in financing for one or more of the Phase 1 elements.” October. Properties to be demolished are listed below. ■ Former Plourde Sales, 3935 Cedarview Drive ■ Former Sherwin Williams, 3975 Sibley Memorial Highway Environmental review nears completion ■ Former Superior Paint and Collision, 3985 Cedarview Drive More than five years after the SRF Consulting Group ■ Former Rudy’s Automotive & Sinclair, 3946 Nicols Road produced its first Alternative Urban Area-wide Review, or ■ Former Colonial Carwash, 4015 Cedarvale Drive AUAR, for the Cedar Grove Redevelopment District, the ■ Former Shell Gas Station, 3830 Cedarvale Boulevard group is finalizing its second Cedar Grove AUAR. ■ Former Null’s Power Equipment, “Initially, the intent of a state-required AUAR is to assist a 3998 Sibley Memorial Highway city with its development planning, focusing on how a ■ Former Office Condominiums, particular development might affect the environment,” 3900-3914 Cedarvale Drive says Nancy Frick, SRF project manager, whose team ■ Cedarvale Area Pylon Sign includes traffic and water resources engineers, plus an Looking ahead, the former Mediterranean Cruise and a environmental planner. Cedar Grove-area Laundromat will be surveyed shortly Back in September 2001, her team first consulted with for asbestos and hazardous materials removal; their such state and federal agencies as the Minnesota demolition contract will be awarded in October with work Pollution Control Agency, Watershed District, Mn/DOT and to be completed by year’s end. the Metropolitan Council. It also conducted a traffic study, since that was a primary concern of the Cedar Grove City awaits Supreme Court decision development. The first AUAR invited public weigh-in before its finalization in October 2002. The Minnesota Supreme Court has not yet announced whether it will hear the appeal of an eminent-domain case “An AUAR is a win-win,” Frick says, “both for the City’s filed by Eagan’s Environmental Development Authority. The holistic planning and for individual developers who can District Court ruled that the City had acted appropriately in rely on the AUAR without having to conduct their own taking steps to acquire three Cedar Grove properties in the environmental reviews.” redevelopment district. Appealed by the property owners, the decision was revisited by appellate judges who ruled on This time around, Frick’s team studied the revised Cedar technical grounds that the EDA should not have acquired Grove plan (still a multi-use development—only the mix the land by eminent domain before a binding development has changed), consulted with agencies, conducted a agreement was in place. Discussions between the property traffic analysis, considered any new environmental owners and the City continue. If the Court accepts the case, concerns and revisited regulatory issues. The new AUAR, a schedule will be set to hear arguments. likely to be finalized by the end of September, will make recommendations to alleviate any environmental impact in such areas as traffic, storm-water runoff, airport noise and Like to receive the Cedar Grove Gateway online? site cleanup. To subscribe, go to Adds Frick: “The report will inform ongoing Cedar Grove www.cityofeagan.com/subscriptions developmental decisions, including site plan approvals and choose City Newsletters and development plan agreements.” and Publications.
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