Gravel mine land redevelopment on hold in Maple Grove, Minnesota

| Published on May 29, 2013

Minnesota state capitol building in St. Paul (Photo: Earl Leatherberry / Flicker)

Minnesota state capitol building in St. Paul (Photo: Earl Leatherberry / Flicker)

The city of Maple Grove, Minnesota, is holding off for at least a year redevelopment plans for about 1,100 acres of gravel mines and pits into approximately 600 acres of offices and warehouses , the Star Tribune reported.

The city wanted to use extra taxes from a proposed TIF district to pay for roads and other infrastructure in the gravel-mining areas; the city estimated the construction to cost $100 million. However, the city did not receive the Minnesota Legislature’s necessary approval before the session ended for the year.

Though the Legislature did not approve Maple Grove’s request, it approved nearby Apple Valley’s request to redevelop a 455-acre gravel site. Legislators said Apple Valley had already developed redeveloped hundreds of acres of gravel pits without extra tax money.

In addition to Maple Grove, the city of Savage also failed to receive the Legislature’s approval for a similar request.

City Administrator Al Madsen said he and other Maple Grove officials will push for approval of their redevelopment plan again next year. It will be the third consecutive year.

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