SuperTarget plan headed for final reviewWith initial city and neighborhood backing behind them, Target Corp. and developers go before the Woodbury Planning Commission March 1. The City Council could approve their plan as early as March 10.
Jerry Lindeman has closely followed the on-again, off-again Woodbury SuperTarget plan for a few years.
Lindeman, who lives south of the proposed site at Woodbury Drive and Tamarack Road, had concerns that are common among homeowners near a big development site: landscaping and traffic.
"We've been kind of fighting for making sure that we have sufficient berming along the site across from us and what the reconstruction of Tamarack Road is going to mean," said Lindeman, former president of the Brookview Gardens homeowners' association.
But count Lindeman among residents satisfied with a revised development design that includes the proposed 174,000-square-foot SuperTarget and smaller commercial buildings nearby.
"I think we're ready for them," Lindeman said after a recent neighborhood meeting during which Target Corp. officials and the developers laid out the development plan before a receptive audience.
With initial city and neighborhood backing behind them, Target Corp. and Woodbury Developers, which owns the 40-acre site, go before the Woodbury Planning Commission March 1. The City Council could approve their plan as early as March 10.
Construction could begin this spring with the store opening set for spring 2011.
SuperTarget probably would employ between 200 and 250 people, said Tom Carrico, a Target Corp. real estate manager. That includes a mix of full- and part-time jobs.
The retailer expects employee payroll and benefits at the store to exceed $2.5 million, said Jaci Bell, a Target development manager.
The SuperTarget storefront would face east, with customer parking entrances from Commerce Drive to the north and Tamarack Road to the south.
Store deliveries and maintenance vehicles would use a separate rear entrance from Commerce Drive.
Some modifications, including lane restriping, would be made to Tamarack Road west of Woodbury Drive as part of the SuperTarget project.
Woodbury Developers proposes construction of about 10 smaller retail, restaurant, office and bank lots to the north, east and south of Target.
If the SuperTarget plan moves forward, other businesses likely will get on board, said Paul Maenner of Woodbury Developers.
"We're actively in discussions with several (companies) right now," Maenner said. "Business begets business. This is a great draw for us to be able to partner with, and we're going to make this development a success."
Local resident Wayne LeTourneau said he is glad to see the SuperTarget project moving forward. LeTourneau said his wife works at Target's Minneapolis headquarters, and he views the company as a good community partner, noting donations to local schools.
"They're as sensitive as any retailer to doing what's right," LeTourneau said.
His only concern, he said after attending the neighborhood meeting, is whether Woodbury Developers will be able to attract the smaller businesses planned nearby.
Businesses that have expressed interest in locating near a SuperTarget would be new to the area, not just moving from another Woodbury site, Maenner said.
"My read is this is new net growth," he said. "I'm not sensing relocation."
The land surrounding the SuperTarget site would be landscaped and maintained until the other development occurs, Maenner said.