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Linder's Flower Mart to operate seasonal greenhouse

Maybe not everyone is thinking flowers, plants and perennials when there is still snow on the ground, but soon Woodbury will have an opportunity to think spring.

The Woodbury Planning Commission on April 15 approved a conditional-use permit for a new greenhouse that will soon open at the Valley Creek Plaza.

Linder's Flower Mart will add a 5,184 square foot seasonal sales area that will be permitted to open from April through August.

The area, which will be located at the Rainbow Foods parking lot, will have live plants like perennials and annuals.

The greenhouse will take up about 32 parking spaces, surrounded with a four-foot fence.

Planner Mark Huonder said the city already has a handful of other similar plant markets and there haven't been issues with traffic or any violations of permit conditions.

However, when Commissioner Al Rudnickas asked whether after-hours theft is a problem, City Planner Eric Searles said it's actually a problem during the day.

"Certainly there is some amount of theft," he said. "But it's not any higher than other retail."

Other issues brought up at the meeting included traffic congestion, since it's a high traffic area that sees pedestrians as well as motorists on a regular basis.

Conditions of the permit require the use of the Valley Creek Road entrance as opposed to one at Woodlane Drive near Kohl's.

The city could terminate the interim conditional-use permit upon any changes in the zoning regulations of the Valley Creek Plaza shopping center, Searles added.

Riham Feshir
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