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City OKs new Spire site

Spire Credit Union is one of the latest Woodbury businesses to set its sights on the CityPlace development.

The company has submitted a site and building plan, and application for construction to the city of Woodbury. It was approved by the Woodbury Planning Commission at the commission’s Oct. 19 meeting, and then approved by the Woodbury City Council at the Oct. 28 regular meeting.

The plans that come before the city call for construction of a 5,000-square-foot building. It will have a brick exterior with glass and stone accents, similar to other buildings being constructed in the CityPlace development. 

The building will be along Radio Drive, nearer to Interstate 94 than Hudson Road. It is in a location that had originally been designated for a Class 1, or sit-down, restaurant, Searles said.

In the original planned-unit development document approved by the city council in August 2014, the restaurant was to be a 6,000-square-foot facility, with up to 109 parking stalls. As the financial institution is a smaller building, and will have less traffic than a restaurant, only 25 parking stalls are required by city standards. In this case, Searles said, 26 parking stalls will be included with the Spire site.

At this time, Searles said, a new location for the originally proposed sit-down restaurant has not been determined. 

Doug Johnson, project manager on behalf of SPIRE Credit Union, said the business plans to relocate from its current location along Valley Creek Drive to the new CityPlace site when construction is complete.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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