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Efforts to redevelop the former State Farm campus headquarters received a key vote Monday night when the Woodbury Planning Commission unanimously approved a rezoning plan to revive the 100-acre site. Florida-based real estate developers Elion Partners, along with general contractor Kraus Anderson, officially submitted a rezoning and conditional-use permit application to the Woodbury citizen-appointed panel this week. The developers have been working with city planners to tweak and finalize plans over the past 18 months. Plans call for keeping the existing 400,000 square-foot
An update in the city’s tobacco ordinance takes aim at restricting sales to minors and eliminating all cigarette vending machines. The outdated section of the ordinance didn’t include electronic cigarettes and the update changes the language, broadening it to cover all tobacco products. New language was adopted by Woodbury City Council last month. “This ordinance is about protecting kids and protecting kids from legally purchasing tobacco and nicotine products,” Council Member Christopher Burns said. During the review period of the ordinance, the city approved a moratorium to preve
Washington County officials continued discussing the future of libraries at a meeting last week, where there was consensus to form a steering committee to help further the strategic planning process. A number of representatives from library boards, schools, businesses and cities and townships will be appointed to comprise a 14-member steering committee. June Mathiowitz, senior planner with Washington County, said the strategic planning process has begun with the pre-planning phase this summer and will continue with a discovery phase in the fall, followed by a planning phase early next ye
Let’s say roads are getting redone in a neighborhood. Who foots the bill for a new sprinkler system if it needs replacing? If it’s in the right-of-way, the homeowner pays for it, according to a city of Woodbury ordinance that council members have recently discussed when the question came up during road rehabilitation talks. Council Member Paul Rebholz said he didn’t agree with the language in the ordinance.
Two local development companies got the go-ahead last week to begin construction on housing projects in the southern portion of Woodbury. City Council approved Pioneer Place and Compass Pointe, both south of Dale Road and east of Pioneer Drive. Michael Lee, Inc.
A new regulatory map that allows hunting in Woodbury with landowner permission has been approved. Woodbury City Council OK’d a revised hunting map at last Wednesday’s meeting, with a few changes from a version reviewed in May. The changes include restricting hunting in areas that will be developed as part of Phase 2B, west of Woodbury Drive and south of Dale Road, as opposed to completely closing them off. Updates were a result of a discussion the council had in a May workshop session, where avid hunters said it didn’t make sense to completely close off the area when development wasn’
The former Woodbury Sunsets is a bit more crafty now. The neighborhood restaurant has gone through a major renovation and will reopen under the name Craft Kitchen and Bar Tuesday, July 1. Sunsets, which had been operating in Woodbury since 1997, closed in April after former owners sold to Steve Wagenheim and Dean Vlahos. Wagenheim and Vlahos have been in the restaurant business since the 1980s as founders of Champps Americana, Granite City Food and Brewery and Redstone American Grill. “They have a long track record of success,” said Steve Olson, Craft Kitchen and Bar general manage
Woodbury City Council members said they didn’t see a reason not to grant discount retailer Total Wine & More a liquor license following a lengthy public hearing Wednesday. The council unanimously approved the measure despite numerous opposing comments by residents, liquor store owners and lobbyists, who say the company’s predatory pricing practices would shut down small business competitors . City Council Member Amy Scoggins said she has never seen so much data presented
A new roundabout at Radio Drive and Military Road will be installed later this summer. The structure is the last piece of a road rehabilitation project that took place last year and left a portion of the road undone with the existing all-way stop. “It wasn’t a mistake,” Washington County traffic engineer Nik Costello said.
Woodbury will soon be home to the first Jerry’s Foods of the east metro. Jerry’s Enterprises officials announced Wednesday they’re building a Jerry’s Foods at Bielenberg Gardens, the new shopping center directly southwest of Radio Drive and Bailey Road. The development will be anchored by the 65,000 square-foot store and a number of other accessory buildings to house restaurants, a gas station, pharmacy and a bank. Jerry’s Enterprises operates four different concepts under Cub Foods, County Markets and Jerry’s Foods in Minnesota and Save a Lo