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Council supports construction of 149th Street

The Rosemount City Council has cleared the way for a road project it hopes will drive business development.

At its Nov. 14 work session, council members gave city staff the nod to move ahead with tentative plans to build 149th Street. Construction of the frontage road will provide an important access to a commercial property north of County Road 42 that has long been plagued by issues.

Earlier this month, the council voted to designate the road a Municipal State Aid road. The designation makes construction of the road eligible for state aid funding. The city would use utility funds to complete the necessary public utilities portion of the project.

The commercial frontage road will extend east of Business Parkway and intersect with Biscayne Avenue. The street will provide access to an area meant for commercial development. Plans have been submitted to build a hotel and gas station on the commercial property. In October, the planning commission recommended approval of the hotel but recommend denial of the gas station because of traffic concerns that stem from the access issues.

While generally the city waits for development to build streets, community development director Kim Lindquist said in this case it seems prudent to build to help accelerate development. She said staff believes construction of the frontage road will spur development on the property.

Lindquist said the idea of using MSA funds for road construction that will provide economic development is not new. She said staff feels in this case it is important to draw development to the site and that the construction of 149th Street will move things forward.

To build the road, the city will have to work with the two property owners affected. Warren Israelson and TCF Bank own parts of the land the road will run across. The city is working with both to come up with agreements.

Assuming the city gets approval of the MSA road designation, Lindquist said staff will come back to the council after the new year to get approval to start design work on the road.

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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