MnDOT’s construction has left several properties vacant and undeveloped. Of thesethere is a potential 3.2 Acre parcel located immediately adjacent to the Transit Stationsite. This underlying vacant property was created by relocation of an exit ramp. A
Exhibit 2: Development Site 3.2 Acres.
As shown on the Redevelopment Plan theplanned land use for this property is a Grocery Store or a similar commercial use thatwould serve the future residents of the area, commuters, and residents of adjacentneighborhoods.In 2012 the City was approached by Aldi’s Supermarket chain seeking a location for astore with good freeway visibility. The 3.2 acre parcel shown would be a prime site forlocating such a store. A grocery /convenience storeorsimilar commercial use
locatedon the site shown could add an additional $ 16 - 20K per year to city property taxes.A legal description of the 3.2 acre property is shown by
Exhibit 3: Legal Description 3.2Acre Redevelopment Maxwell Ave. Property
Alternative uses complimentary to the multi-family Red Rock Gateway developmentwould be a convenience store/gas station, liquor store, auto service (like O’Reilly AutoParts). Each of these uses would benefit from the freeway access and visibility of theMnDOT property and adjacency to other uses proposed in the redevelopment area.
The City approached MnDOT staff requesting that City be permitted to purchase the 3.2acre property for fair market value. MnDOT responded negatively indicating that theAgency was interested in preserving the whole ROW incase storm water regulationswould requirements may change sometime in the future.We have reviewed the MnDOT property land dedicated to stormwater treatment at theInterchange. 34.1 acres of land presently dedicated and used as stormwater ponds inthe vicinity of the interchange area.There are, not including the Maxwell Avenue Parcel, a further 6 acres of vacant land,available for future stormwater treatment. See ponding areas outlined in white, green,and red on
Exhibit 4: MnDOT Pond Locations
The City of Newport and South Washington Watershed District augmented MnDOT’sinterchange storm water system by constructing a ponding and infiltration project thatreduces by 300% rate of stormwater discharge directed to the Interstate I-494- TH 61interchange. The project added 7 acres of ponding and easements to the InterchangeStorm Water System at a cost of $2.6M and reducing the volume of stormwater,phosphorus loading, and sediment reaching the interchange.
Exhibit 5: North RavineDrainage Improvement Project.
REASONS TO APPROVE SF 1179 TRANSFERRING THE PARCEL TO THE CITYOF NEWPORT.