By Ryan Gueningsman
INDEPENDENCE, MN A subject that has laid relatively dormant over the last year was brought back to life at Tuesday’s Independence City Council meeting.
Plans for a utility sharing agreement between the cities of Delano and Independence to connect sewer and water from Delano to a site in Independence for a future “big box” development were tabled in December 2008.
At the meeting Tuesday night, the Independence City Council’s consensus was to speak with representatives from the City of Delano again about running utilities across County Line Road from Delano into Independence.
Independence’s comprehensive use plan was approved by the Metropolitan Council this spring, and allows for 60 acres of land at the intersection of Highway 12 and County Line Road (30 acres on the northeast side and 30 acres on the southeast side) to be used as an “urban commercial area,” according to the City of Independence.
No formal action was taken following the discussion, but Independence City Administrator Toni Hirsch said she and Independence Council Member Lindsay Wallace will contact Delano representatives in the near future.
Hirsch added that conversations will also take place with the City of Greenfield regarding utility sharing, as well.
Hirsch said the discussions were fueled by a request from Ryan Companies. The Twin Cities-based retail development company had plans that called for a commercial development on 23 acres of the land, which would include 160,000 square feet of retail space, anchored by a 120,000-square-foot “big box” store, most likely Target.