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New homes, retail building approved

The first retail building at Bielenberg Gardens was approved by the Woodbury Planning Commission last week, along with a high-end residential development.

The 12,300 square-foot multi-tenant retail building is part of the overall development comprised of 150,000 square feet of commercial space on 30 acres of land southwest of Bailey Road and Radio Drive.

Woodbury City Council in September approved the overall site design of the development with building locations, parking, pedestrian connections, stormwater facilities and green space, and will begin reviewing individual applications like these as uses are identified.

The Bielenberg Gardens is also part of the new Urban Village mixed-use development near Bielenberg Sports Center and East Ridge High School.

Commissioners unanimously approved the application, but added conditions to clarify that drive-thru lanes are not part of the current plan for the retail building or the nearby grocery store/pharmacy, and would have to be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Uses of the retail center have not been identified yet, however, the Urban Village master plan includes opportunity for shops and restaurants to serve a neighboring residential area and visitors of the sports center.

New estate lots

The commission also approved a new residential development last week, making way for a few more estate lots in the city.

Joseph Fogarty is planning the 10 single family homes on almost 39 acres to be called Ravenswood. The property is located west of Radio Drive along the southern border of Woodbury.

The homes will eligible for city water and sewer from Cottage Grove, Woodbury Planner Eric Searles said, instead of individual wells.

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.