Apartment Boom Reaches Chanhassen

Oppidan is planning a 224-unit apartment complex in Chanhassen, a sign that the urban rental-development boom is spreading to the outer suburbs. Read more

Arden Hills TCAAP Site Sold to Ramsey County

<br />Many conceptual redevelopment plans have been floated over the years for the TCAAP property in Arden Hills, including this old &quot;Framework Vision&quot; from 2005.</p><p>The Board of Ramsey County Commissioners Tuesday voted 5-2 to approve for the the county to buy the 430-acre TCAAP site in Arden Hills from the federal government. Now, the real fun begins.

Once the transaction is complete, Ramsey County and Arden Hills officials will work together on a plan to redevelop the property, which local officials pitched, without success, as a potential site for the Minnesota Vikings stadium before that project ended up in downtown Minneapolis.

The county’s budget for the acquisition is $30 million, including $21.4 million in bonding, $6 million that will be transferred from the county’s Solid Waste Fund, and $2 million from its 2012 contingent account. You can see a PDF download of Ramsey County’s meeting agenda here. Read more

Eagan’s New Outlet Mall by Mall of America

Paragon Outlets at Cedar Grove in Eagan will break ground in the spring of 2013.

Construction will begin next spring on a new outlet mall near the Mall of America.

The Eagan City Council on Tuesday night approved Paragon Outlet Partners’ proposal for a 420,000-square-foot outlet mall near the busy intersection of Cedar Avenue and Highway 13. It will have room for 90 to 100 stores. Read more

New Housing and Brewery Coming to Old Schmidt Brewery Site

Development has closed on a $6.3 million deal to buy part of St. Paul’s Schmidt Brewery, clearing the way for a long-planned redevelopment of the historic site.

Plymouth-based Dominium, which closed on the property Friday, said that it would move ahead with a $123 million plan to build lofts and town homes on the site, which includes the old Schmidt brew house, bottling facility and grain silos, the Pioneer Press reported. Read more

Emerson plans 500 Jobs in Shakopee

A potential layout for the Valley Park Business Center in Shakopee where Emerson Process Management is proposing to open a new 500-employee factory on about 47 acres.

Emerson Process Management Rosemount plans to open a new manufacturing line in Shakopee that would employ 500 people at a building that was built for, but never occupied by ADC Telecommunications Inc.

Shakopee city officials will be asked Tuesday to consider being part of a public assistance package worth about $6 million that would come from various city, Scott County and state resources. GreaterMSP, the St. Paul-based nonprofit economic development group, has been working with city and county staffs on the project since early November. Read more

New Condo Building In Downtown Minneapolis

Shamrock Development has started work on a new 166-unit condo building.

Developer Jim Stanton has started construction on his newest condo building in Minneapolis.  Although there have been thousands of apartment units built in the past few years, no condos projects have broken ground – or been proposed – since the recession. Read more

Woodbury Opens New Phase of Development

For developers, it’s “game on” in Woodbury.  The first part of Phase 2 is now open for development.  At nearly 3 1/2 square miles, Phase 2 is one of the largest projects ever envisioned in Minnesota, designed to house about 18,000 people in 6,300 homes. That population alone would make it bigger than two-thirds of the cities in the metro area.

The city council voted Nov. 14 to start accepting applications to build in the area called Fields of Woodbury, 611 acres south of East Ridge High School and the Bielenberg Sports Center. Read more

Sand Mining Creates Wealth for Land Owners

 BLAIR, WIS. — Lou Ellen and Jim Frei spent 40 years as hardscrabble dairy farmers, cussing the sandy soil that gave them and their tractor such fits.

Today they are finally breathing easy, thanks to that same gritty land. They just moved into a new one-story house on Sjuggerud Coulee Road. Now they don’t have to worry about climbing their old farmhouse stairs on knees made sore by milking cows. Read more