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Homes? Really? Not sure I'd buy a home on this land, even if they say it's cleaned up.
Wow! I can imagine the clean up on a Superfund site is not going to be cheap. I would not want to work there. Especially since most of the water in the area comes from aquifers.
The lack of transparency here is astounding. I guess we cant get rid of Tony Bennett soon enough before he does more damage. Surprised that the county has $8MM just laying around.
Was public input sought on this issue? Was the public even informed about this vote? The last I saw, the board voted to purchase the parcel if state and federal aid was available. What a bunch of amateurs.
Unless the federal government is going to pay for the clean-up (preferrably from defense funds, since it was an Army site after all) it might be wise to simply let the area return to nature. If the soils are as polluted as they suspect, there won't be any digging going on here. There's no law stating that this area must be developed...
I would like to see it remain undeveloped open space, for the wildlife, or made into a park. Must we develop and pave over every square inch of land?? Its like Love Canal not fit for human use, too toxic to live or work there. Just leave it alone or let it return to nature. Lower or cut or stop immigration to US and MN and our taxes will go down, we will save a lot of tax dollars. We spend billions and billions of dollars every year taking in and supporting the worlds poor or immigrants. Enough already.
The county will save money by leaving it alone and not developing it. Leave it natural and for the wldlife and for its scenic beauty. There is value in that. Leaving more green open space and trees etc. will also slow global warming, clean the air etc.....Good for the environment and us too.
Once a upon a time, a big time billionaire wanted to build a stadium and develop this land. He probably had a vision to make it look really nice. Unlike the local folks in Ramsey county. God forbid we build something attractive in the suburbs.. My prediction is somebody will build townhomes or condos. A strip mall featuring Fantastic Sams and Payless shoes. And we’ll call it a day. Welcome to Minnesooota.
The best thing that could've happened to this site was to allow the Wilf's to develop it. Shoulda... Woulda... Coulda...
$30Million to buy the land but how much to clean it up? Will they also take out a loan (bond) for the cleanup?
Economic development is not within governments scope of authority to tax for. This lawless act should be terminated asap.
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