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Bus tour focuses on Woodbury’s newest buildings and projects

If it seems like there has been a lot of development around Woodbury in 2015, that’s because there has, in fact, been a lot of development around Woodbury. 

Earlier this month, Woodbury officials boarded a bus for an evening tour of all 41 of the development sites around the community. Nearly half of the projects are residential in nature, but several larger commercial and medical projects are under way, as well.

One of the highlights to this year’s tour, according to City of Woodbury Communications Coordinator Jason Egerstrom, was the stop at what will soon be home to a new Costco. The site is located near the intersection of Tamarack Road and Weir Drive, and construction will likely begin in 2016. 

“We do have something now to look at, which is the big step we’ve been waiting for,” Egerstrom said. 

Just down Weir Drive is another highlight — the new corporate office of Anytime Fitness. When it opens, the company will bring about 250 new jobs to Woodbury.

The tour took officials through portions of the area earmarked for the 2016 road rehabilitation project. While 2015’s project is the largest one-year road construction project in Woodbury’s history, next year’s project will impact more than 2,000 homes — which will make it the biggest one in the community.

Officials also visited some of the new neighborhoods springing up around the community, as well as the many new commercial buildings that have either been constructed or are under construction. 

“We are getting our stakeholders out to see the progress on the projects they’ve been working on,” Egerstrom said. “It’s nice to see the progress and see what these projects look like.”

The City of Woodbury does an annual development tour, but the bus tour is only held every other year. In the interim years, stakeholders see the progress through an online tour. 

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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