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Woodbury Village will soon undergo a $7 million renovation that will transform the look of one of the city’s oldest shopping centers. The multi-phase project will start with Woodbury Village Green, which is the area housing Xperience Fitness, Party City and the Tile Shop. Work to remodel the center includes replacing roofs, changing colors, putting new sidewalk benches and bringing the entire architecture up to today’s standards. “It’s really to enhance the look of the center, bring it a little more up-to-date,” said Hans Rasmussen, president of Robert Muir Company, owner of the compl
City Place is even closer to reality now that Woodbury City Council unanimously approved plans for the 100-acre mixed-use development site. The council’s vote was the final step in the public process before developers could finalize purchasing the property from the previous occupant, State Farm Insurance. “This is an exciting night to see this redevelopment,” Council Member Paul Rebholz said Wednesday.
Rising home values are making this year’s preliminary levy estimates a bit of a challenge. Woodbury City Administrator Clint Gridley said it’s tricky to estimate the effect on the average-valued home because residential values are dramatically increasing as the city gears up for another year of budgeting and setting the levy. City Council reviewed the data at a recent meeting where Gridley said when residential values fall and commercial values increase, the levy poses a modest impact on the average value home. “But when residential values go up 15 percent and commercial stay even, th
Most drivers question their existence anyway. The infamous, largely believed useless stop signs at Valley Creek Road, which haven’t served a purpose in eight years, will soon be history. Last week, Woodbury City Council decided it was time for the stop signs to go and gave engineers the go-ahead to remove them as part of a construction project next spring. The stop signs at the former Cottage Grove Drive intersection that was closed off when new homes went up have been a topic of discussion for years as engineers figure out a safe way to address the annoyance that comes with them whil
A group of EMTs rush into a room to discover a semi-conscious person screaming for help. “I can’t breathe and my chest hurts,” he says.
A Michigan-based company purchased Woodbury Lakes mall last week with plans to expand to add restaurants and entertainment uses. Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust, a publicly traded company that specializes in shopping center real-estate investment and management, bought the mall along with a Cincinnati, Ohio, center, for approximately $150 million, according to a news release. RGPT has been looking for a way into the Minneapolis-St.
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One of Woodbury’s top redevelopment priorities received nods from Washington County officials last week. The former State Farm Corporate campus headquarters, now dubbed City Place, underwent an environmental study where Washington County planners suggested a few changes in traffic patterns to make the area less congested once the site is up and running. Plans for City Place, currently under contract by Florida-based Elion Partners, include two hotels, office buildings, retail shops, restaurants and a grocery store. The property is located at a busy intersection of Woodbury directly of
With $22 million to renovate a field house, some Bielenberg Sports Center user groups expected to be accommodated a lot better than they say they are. Striping on the newly revamped turf is now finished, though it appears more soccer-centric than anything, which irks a few of the other sporting groups who also utilize the facility for indoor practice in the winter. Football, baseball and softball aren’t being represented as much, representatives said, and there is a possibility they’ll go to nearby facilities to rent time. “At this point in time we are unsure where we’re going to be n
Julie Ohs announced her bid last week for a third term on Woodbury City Council. Ohs, a 20-year resident of Woodbury, was elected in 2005 and re-elected in 2010 to serve four-year terms on the five-member council. The majority of her terms were accompanied by tough economic times that slowed down growth in the city, but a dismal economy didn’t slow down the planning process that she said she’s enjoyed as a city leader. Now that growth is picking back up again, with housing and commercial development, she said she’s ready to see those projects come to life. “Now that planning is fin