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South Gateway open house is Oct. 29

Melissa Kenninger believes it’s important for residents to be involved in community projects. As the chair of the task force conducting the South Urban Gateway Analysis and Reinvestment study, she’s doing her part. But the group needs to know what other’s think.

The city will host an open house to take comment from residents about the area from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Rosemount Community Center.

The South Urban Gateway is an hourglass-shaped stretch along Highway 3, between County Road 42 and County Road 46. The property is the subject of a redevelopment study that will help determine what development opportunities exist in the area, and whether the property is currently being used in the best way possible.

City planner Eric Zweber said during the open house city staff will explain the area and why it’s being studied. Additionally, he said they will explain the processes going into conducting the study, which is still in the early stages. He added that it will likely be a six- to nine month process.

The city sent notices out to property- and business owners within the area. Additionally, residents within 300 feet received notifications.

In addition to informing people about the study, Zweber said the committee wants the chance to engage the people who have a stake in the area.

“We really want ideas and suggestions,” said Zweber.

Much of the southern portion of the property consists of undeveloped farmland. Zweber said the northern part of the identified project area has properties that are non-conforming or are underdeveloped.

Unlike the downtown redevelopment project, Zweber said the city’s not interested in purchasing property, but rather developing policies and standards that will encourage business and property owners to invest in the area.

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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