Land of riches: Stillwater property promises to make a fine park

  • Article by: Kevin Giles , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 18, 2014 - 2:11 PM

Washington County has made purchase offer to owner Elayne Aiple for 15 acres on St. Croix River.

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Willy53Jan. 21, 14 5:56 AM

Good for the county and city. The acquisition of the Aiple property and the Brown's Creek Trail development are now doubly important with the closing of the lift bridge and the removal of traffic from downtown. If the county really wanted to preserve the St. Croix River and Valley as Kriesel says they would have opposed the construction of the sprawl inducing mega bridge. The nature trail that utilizes the new super bridge to return the loop back to Stillwater is odd in that crossing that bridge will be more cacophonous than contemplative. The mega bridge itself will specialize in directing people away from downtwon Stillwater. It is up to the City and County now to develop ways to draw the metro crowd into a quieter Stillwater. The Brown's Creek Trail and Aiple Property are absolutely necessary now.

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mdcastleJan. 21, 14 9:56 AM

Good thing the bridge is being built. Now there's no reason to bullooze a 4 lane freeway along the rive through the parks and bluffs connect the MN 36 expressway to where the old bridge is, and all the traffic choking and wrecking downtown Stillwater will be gone. There's actually some spare land in Wisconsin, including some along the river that was bought for when the bridge was proposed a couple of blocks north of where it's going now that would make a nice park along the trail, but AFAIK WisDOT is going to sell it for developement. As far as the property in question, I agree it will make a nice park, and I'd sell too if I was getting what it sounds like the owner will get. The 2013 assessed value is $1,129,600, so it seems like the owner's doing pretty well in the deal.

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