Wal-Mart Approved to Develop 14-Acre Site in Twin Lakes Business Park, Roseville, Minnesota

Roseville Wal-Mart plan irks someAngry residents say the city didn’t give enough notice about the proposal.

Article by: TIM HARLOW , Star Tribune

Updated: February 4, 2012 – 9:50 PM

Some Roseville residents claim they have had little say about the prospect that Wal-Mart could soon get permission to build a store in the city, and they aren’t happy.

Only a handful of residents voiced their displeasure at Wednesday’s Planning Commission meeting, but they say there would be an even louder outcry if more people were aware of plans.

A few who spoke felt Roseville was pulling a fast one because the city didn’t announce plans for the store until just days before the Planning Commission voted 5-1 to approve plans for the preliminary plat. The Arkansas-based retailer wants to build a 160,000-square-foot retail center on forlorn property at County Road C and Cleveland Avenue.

“How long has the city known Wal-Mart would be making a proposal, and why not share this information sooner?” asked Megan Dushin, a resident who serves on the city’s Civic Engagement Task Force. “Disappointing.”

The City Council will discuss the plan at its Feb. 27 meeting.

Along with a Wal-Mart, the plan approved Wednesday will allow the site just east of Interstate 35W to contain two other smaller shops, businesses or restaurants. It also calls for the city to give up a small piece of city-owned land near a roundabout at Twin Lakes Parkway and Mount Ridge Road.

A city staff report said plans for the big-box store on the 14-acre parcel fit Roseville’s master plan for the Twin Lakes Business Park, advance the city’s goals of redeveloping dilapidated properties and do not conflict with the city’s Comprehensive Plan.

The report said the master plan expresses a preference for “support” retail uses, such as dry cleaners, personal banking offices and convenience shops. While the proposed development is larger than the master plan preferred, it does not exclude larger developments such as Wal-Mart, which tend to contain pharmacies, photo labs, convenience items and offerings “that are consistent and support that kind of retail,” said Brian Lloyd, associate city planner.

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