Maple Grove fights for funds to redevelop gravel pits

  • Article by: Kelly Smith , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 17, 2013 - 6:36 AM

City wants help from state to transform gravel-mining area.

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crowtrobotMay. 16, 1311:25 PM

oh boo hoo! You owe it to us residents to fix that chasm near the hospital. More retail space? Vacancies are at an all time high in this city.

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stevedelappMay. 17, 1312:31 AM

Maple Grove authorized the disgusting gravel pits and used their output to create destroy the rest of the environmental attributes of the city with dense development and wide highways. It also collected a gravel tax. Maybe the city should have required the pit operators to provide restoration plans if it had to have the pits. But to expect taxpayers across the State to cove the costs of their poor decisions is like having Duluth expect the rest of the taxpayers to bail out its never sustainable city government pension program. You wallow in your own mud pen and you don't pull in everyone else but suckers.

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bredpathMay. 17, 13 6:06 AM

I wouldn't give them the money either, and I live and work in Maple grove.

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georgina17May. 17, 13 6:33 AM

And what is wrong with waiting and going back to the legislature next year? We have lived with the obnoxious gravel pits this long, so another year or 3 won't make that much difference to me.

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supervon2May. 17, 13 6:57 AM

Guess what? Everybody has their hand out with this legislature. They are the vote-buying give away group that will stop at nothing to get more votes at taxpayers expense. The only thing the Maple Grove did wrong is not say it was for section 8 housing-then they would get double what they asked for.

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joe_mnMay. 17, 13 7:00 AM

whats the old saying? they arent making any more land? wrong. they are making 1000 acres of fine new land next to 694. make the people who profit pay for it. the developers, business owners, shop owners, landlords, and so on

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jim4848May. 17, 13 7:22 AM

Why would the rest of the state fight for this, when their own Senator Limmer voted against it? It would seem to me that until Maple Grove gets control of their extremist Senator they are just whistling in the wind.

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threein2May. 17, 13 7:23 AM

Redevelop a gravel pit? Give me a break! "Redevelopment" means demolishing existing development, usually deteriorating. What do you tear down in a gravel pit? That's like calling Centennial Lakes in Edina "redevelopment", that was mostly a gravel pit. Oh, wait. They did.

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phatflyguyMay. 17, 13 7:30 AM

Used to catch Walleye in the small ponds in the gravel pits. Rumor was the owner used to stock them.

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stplooklistnMay. 17, 13 7:36 AM

Maybe if every city stopped crying poverty and asked the state for important, necessary help people wouldn't be so disgusted and taxed to death. Developer in Duluth wanted and received scarce state money for a "skyscraper" . Ha! Excess space as it is. Plus this group has been invested millions in buildings in Mpls. Greed.

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