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Plans take shape for city’s south gateway area

The work of a committee formed to look at options for the southern entrance to Rosemount on Highway 3 is coming to a close. On Monday the committee reviewed a draft report and members have been asked to provide feedback to staff.

Senior planner Eric Zweber said the city plans to release the South Urban Gateway Analysis For Reinvestment Report in a few weeks. To get feedback on the report, the city will hold an open house June 5.

The South Urban Gateway is an hourglass shaped-stretch along Highway 3, between County Road 42 and County Road 46. The goal of the 11-member task force was to create a revitalization plan for the area.

Zweber said as they put the finishing details into the report, he feels good about what the task force accomplished.

“It really did serve a need the city has,” said Zweber.

According the draft, the vision of the South Urban Gateway Analysis for Reinvestments is to support private investments in suitable businesses while encouraging new businesses to serve the expanding needs demanded by growing community. The vision statement goes on to say that the scale and character of South Gateway development should complement the existing street pattern and planned extensions to maintain sustainable and viable business community.

To go along with the report, the Rosemount City Council recently approved a corridor and access plan along Highway 3 between County Road 42 and County Road 46. Zweber said the goal of the study and is to identify and get Minnesota Department of Transportation approval for future access locations along the route.

The council approved the Highway 3 corridor study Tuesday night. Zweber anticipates the study will be complete by early June and the information will be presented at the open house.

The committee and its work

The 11 members of the task force represent a number of interests in the city. From the city, committee members include mayor Bill Droste, councilmember Mark DeBettignies, planning commissioners Joseph Kurle and Mike Weber and port authority member Bob Leuth. Four business owners from the South Gateway area sit on the committee including Rick Battaglia, owner of Rick’s Auto; Kay Butler, McDonald’s Franchisee; Randy Dukek, District 196 Coordinator of Transportation; and Nick Rapp, from Rapp Chiropractic. Residents-at-large Jamal Abdulahi and Melissa Kenninger also sit on the committee.

Much of the southern portion of the property consists of undeveloped farmland. The northern part 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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