City seeks solution for commercial propertyThe Rosemount City Council hopes a change in designation for 149th Street with clear the way development
By: Emily Zimmer, Rosemount Town Pages
The Rosemount City Council hopes a new road will provide some answers for a long-vacant piece of commercial land.
The proposed Rosemount Commercial development site has long been a troublesome area for the city. As it currently sits, it produces some access issues for anyone who wants to develop the land.
The city has plans to build a frontage road on the property, which lies north of County Road 42 and east of the train tracks. But generally the city doesn’t build until there is business on the property. The property’s current problems, though, prevent businesses from wanting to build.
“We have a conundrum there … no road, no business; no business, no road,” said city administrator Dwight Johnson.
To help alleviate the problem, the city council on Monday adopted a resolution establishing Business Parkway and the future 149th Street as Municipal State Aid roads. Assistant city engineer Phil Olson said the move makes the construction of 149th Street eligible for state aid funding.
The council will discuss its options to move up construction of 149th Street as a frontage road at its Nov. 14 work session. Currently there are plans proposed for a Country Inn and Suites and a SuperAmerica Convenience Store on the Rosemount Commercial property.
In October, the Rosemount Planning Commission recommended the council approve plans for the hotel, but it recommended denial of the gas station because of traffic concerns. The move led city staff to get estimates for a traffic study of the property.
The addition of Business Parkway and 149th Street added .40 miles to the city’s MSA system, leaving .34 miles undesignated at this time. Olson said city staff will review the whole system next spring after expected changes to the State Aid program have been made.
The city council will discuss the project during its Nov. 14 work session. The council is scheduled to vote on the hotel and gas station projects during its Nov. 20 regular meeting.