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City Council member: Open to 'continuing conversation' with Wellington on State Farm building

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Despite media reports saying he's pulling the plug on the State Farm Insurance Co. project, Woodbury city officials say they're still open to a deal with developer Steve Wellington.

Though no official proposal was ever presented to the city of Woodbury, Wellington Management, Inc. is no longer interested in the vacant State Farm building, according to news reports.

The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal reported Tuesday that Steve Wellington, president of the company, said he terminated his letter of intent to buy the building because council members were not supportive of adding a Costco as part of the development.

But Community Development Director Dwight Picha said no formal application was submitted and therefore the city so far hasn't given an opinion one way or the other.

"The city really has no comment at this point because we've seen many renditions of this plan but we don't know what he's going to submit," he said.

Council member Paul Rebholz said the current site is not zoned for retail, and the process is an extensive one, but the council is keeping an open mind.

"We're open to finding ways that the State Farm facility can be used in a new way that's consistent with the current zoning," he said. "It's a priority for the council and we hope to continue that conversation with Wellington."

Several attempts by the Bulletin to reach Steve Wellington Wednesday were not successful.

Check back for updates on this story.

Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.  Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.