Eagan: Lockheed parcel at turning point

  • Article by: SUSAN FEYDER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 19, 2013 - 2:53 PM

Eagan officials and the developer say they're back to work on a redevelopment plan for the prime location.

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elmi0001Feb. 22, 13 8:29 AM

Typical elected officials. Here's a plan by CSM that is determined by market forces but lets screw it up and try to force a mixed use development in a suburb. Look south at Apple Valley or west to Burnsville and see how "successful" their mixed use development areas (these so-called downtowns) are doing. They do not work because high density is not why people moved to Burnsville, Apple Valley, or Eagan. Build the Super Target and strip malls and be done with it. Eagan tried at Highway 13 and 77 and what did they get - an outlet mall!

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mattaudioFeb. 22, 1312:17 PM

elmi0001, actually those high-amenity mixed-used areas (even if blighted or under-utilized) capture back much much more than the property taxes per acre compared to big-box euclidian commercial development (even if brand new, nice, and popular) -- usually about double. See StrongTowns "The Nature of Productivity" for the numbers. Sounds like Eagan is smart, especially considering they see the writing on the wall regarding infrastructure (Ecolab challenging their illegal assessment to pay for a road).

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