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New south-end development to be dubbed 'Fields of Woodbury'

A 611-acre development in south Woodbury finally has a name.

Introducing: "Fields of Woodbury."

City officials who attended Woodbury City Council workshop last Wednesday agreed the name sounded better than "Sub-phase 2A."

The meeting highlighted plans for the development's trunk sanitary sewer project, which is part of Phase 2.

A sanitary sewer trunk extension -- in the Phase 2 development -- is necessary to serve the area generally bounded by Bailey Road on the north, Radio Drive to the west and Woodbury Drive to the east along with the southwest corner of Bailey Road and Radio Drive.

The trunk will extend northwest from its connection to the Metropolitan Council Environmental Service's (MCES) interceptor at Woodbury Drive near the south limits of the city.

A section of the trunk was already constructed through the East Ridge High School and Bielenberg Sports Center sites in 2007.

City officials decided to divide up Phase 2 in seven sub-phases for a more efficient infrastructure investment and since it is difficult to predict future demands for new housing and growth.

The name "Fields of Woodbury" reflects both the agricultural history of the area as well as the expanded Bielenberg Sports Center and the East Ridge High School complex, said Senior Planner Melissa Douglas.

"It sounds better than Sub-phase 2A," Council member Amy Scoggins said.

City staff asked the council to agree on a bidding date of Aug. 25 for the Phase 2 trunk sanitary sewer project.

Staff also recommended waiting until January or February 2012 to open up development based on review of economic data and housing indicators, according to a council memo.

The Phase 2 trunk sanitary sewer project is estimated to cost $3.6 million, which includes design, easement acquisition activities, construction and overhead costs.

The plans for the project are complete except for one landowner's easement that city officials hope to obtain by July 27 -- the day the council will likely vote on the measure, Community Development Director Dwight Picha said.

Dick Putnam, who owns property on the north end of Phase 2 where Pioneer Drive curves south, told the council he needs more detail from the city on what to do with his property. He plans to develop a single-family lot and said he needs more direction from the city.

The 2030 Comprehensive Plan regulates the pace at which Phase 2 should grow between 2010 and 2020. However, future growth depends on state and regional population and job growth, overall economic and housing market conditions and residential supply and demand, according to city officials.

Based on the bidding date, construction for the utility line may either begin this fall or next spring.

Riham Feshir
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