Even as construction work nears completion, the first phase of Rosemount’s long talked-about downtown reconstruction effort remains controversial. You don’t have to look beyond the letters this paper has received in recent weeks to know that.
While crews still have a few loose ends to tie up before next week, Waterford Commons will celebrate its grand opening next Wednesday, July 15. Helen Abraham, property manager, said the public is welcome to come out.
Bit by bit the future of downtown Rosemount is starting to take shape. With one major redevelopment project expected to wrap up later this spring and a second likely to begin in a couple of months, the vision Rosemount planners set forth in 2004 is quickly becoming more than just ideas on paper.
Earlier this week a group of Rosemount city employees, elected officials and others took a brief walking and biking tour of the city's core. Their goal was to figure out if the city's design is friendly to people who want to get around under their own power.
The Town Pages newspodcast takes on a slightly different form this week. There's no conversation. Just a presentation from Dakota County Public Health's Pat Steig on a survey that looked into levels of activity and obesity in Rosemount and Dakota County. The presentation was part of a Tuesday night walking and biking tour meant to highlight things that are either invitations or barriers to living an active lifestyle in Rosemount.
Check back here next Thursday for another edition of the Town Pages podcast or just head to iTunes to subscribe. Just search for Rosemount Town Pages.
While digging for Rosemount’s future, construction crews working on the redevelopment of downtown found relics of the past. During the excavation of Core Block East crews found debris from an old outhouse pit that once served a foundry located on the property.
Following the Rosemount Outdoor Athletic Complex opinions the last few weeks, I wonder if the gift of $1 million for the Flint Hills land is really a gift to taxpayers who will pay more than eight times that million-dollar amount for the complex, plus amenities, built with referendum funds. Gravel roads are the only access to that area at this time. Will taxpayers later on be asked for more money for road improvements?
February 15, 2008
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