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New bank heads for Bielenberg Gardens development

A new financial institution and a new office building have been OK’d by the Woodbury Planning Commission, and soon move on to the Woodbury City Council for approval.

With sites in Maplewood, Lake Elmo, Eagan, Shoreview, and downtown St. Paul, City & County Credit Union plans to construct a 4,006-square-foot financial institution with a drive-thru in the Bielenberg Gardens development, south of Bailey Road.

The business is consistent with the Urban Village planning process used by Woodbury officials to plan the Bielenberg Gardens retail development area, according to Woodbury Community Development Technician Gina Gore.

Access to the site will be through numerous private streets constructed as the Bielenberg Gardens project is built out, she said. The business will have 22 parking spaces, and the drive-thru will be built to accommodate stacking of five vehicles per lane.

In accordance with the requirements of the urban village, the materials used on the exterior of City & County Credit Union will be consistent with the exterior of neighboring buildings. The urban village plan also calls for landscaping on properties, so a perennial garden is planned for the site. A small patio is planned next to the garden, Gore said.

According to City & County Credit Union President Patrick Pierce, construction is scheduled to begin in the spring, and conclude in December 2016 or January 2017. Pierce plans to have four employees at the Woodbury location.

Tamarack Hills

The other project approved by the planning commission was for a 19,600-square-foot office building in the Tamarack Hills II development off of Bielenberg Drive.

Access to the office building will be through roadways constructed when the neighboring Sheraton Hotel was built, according to Woodbury Senior Planner Eric Searles. Sidewalk access to the site ties into the pedestrian system that was built as part of the Sheraton project, as well.

The exterior of the office building will be complementary in design to the other office buildings previously constructed as part of the Tamarack Hills development. A total of 98 parking stalls are planned for the site.

Both projects were approved by the Woodbury Planning Commission at its Feb. 1 meeting, and next go before the Woodbury City Council later this month.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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