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Target development deal appears to be off the table in Independence
Aug. 29, 2011
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By Ryan Gueningsman
Managing Editor

INDEPENDENCE, MN – It doesn’t appear to be in the cards for a Target store to be located in Independence just across the Hennepin/Wright county line from Delano.

In 2008, Ryan Companies had proposed a plan to commercially develop a 30-acre area at the northeast corner of Highway 12 and County Line Road in Independence, with Target likely being the anchor store.

A proposed utility-sharing agreement between the cities of Delano and Independence was introduced to service utilities in the area, and several public hearings took place on the issue.

“I don’t believe that Ryan (Companies) is interested in that anymore,” Independence City Administrator Toni Hirsch said recently, adding that Target has taken an interest in developing store locations in Canada.

“I don’t know what’s going to come knocking on our door next,” Hirsch said. “We’ll see what happens.

Hirsch said there is interest in the land, but said she couldn’t elaborate further at this point. She said in another month or so, details may be available about who is interested in the land and for what purpose.

In “The Active Times” monthly newsletter, published by Delano United Methodist Church, an article noted “the trustees have received new information on the development of the land behind our church. Ryan Company has started negotiations with another company to take over development of the land. The trustee committee is meeting and communicating with all parties to ensure that our church’s interests are protected. More information will be forthcoming.”

An attempt to reach Ryan Companies representative Tony Barranco for comment was unsuccessful.

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