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Planned gas station may be out

Resident concerns about the impact of traffic from a proposed gas station have led to some uncertainty with a new development project off of County Road 42.

"Things are up in the air at this point," said Eric Zweber, Rosemount's senior planner.

Last week, the planning commission voted to recommend denial of the zoning changes and permits requested for the construction of a SuperAmerica that would be built north of 42 and east of the railroad. The denial came after a number of residents from a nearby neighborhood expressed concerns that increased traffic could be dangerous.

Before voting no, commissioner chair John Powell said he did not believe there had been enough study of the traffic impacts of the gas station.

"I cannot get past the traffic issues related to this development. I'm not comfortable the traffic issues have been addressed," said Powell during the meeting.

However, the commission recommend approval of requests for a Country Inn and Suites that is part of the same development. The traffic impact of the hotel is expected to be considerably less than that of the gas station.

The biggest issue to come out of the meeting was that the gas station would increase traffic on the north side of Business Parkway and into the residential neighborhood that abuts the proposed gas station property.

Eventually plans call for Business Parkway to be cut off, restricting access to the residential neighborhoods. But that will not happen until another access point is added to the development. The city plans to build 149th Street but had not planned to build it in the immediate future.

That could change, though. The city council will discuss moving up construction of the street during its Nov. 14 work session. The property the street will be built on currently belongs to TCF Bank. Zweber said the city has been in discussions with the bank to see if the city could build the road. The city would also have to find funds for the construction of the road.

Zweber said city staff has decided to get estimated costs of a traffic study for the council's consideration as well. If the study is practical, it may answer some of the concerns raised by residents and commissioners.

Zweber said both the approval of the hotel and the denial of the gas station are slated to be on the Nov. 20 city council agenda. That could change, though, depending on what happens at the work session.

The planning commission meeting can be viewed on the city's website at

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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