Monday, February 25, 2013
Senators Chuck Wiger and Susan Kent recently introduced legislation that is aimed at furthering economic development in Oakdale.
Oakdale's economic development could be getting a boost in the future. Sen. Chuck Wiger (D-43) and Sen. Susan Kent (D-53) recently introduced SF 48 in the Senate Taxes committee, which would extend Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts in Oakdale. This would allow further economic development at Tartan Crossing and the Tanners Lake area. “These districts are really important for the entire east metro region,” said Kent. “When we are able to develop this area, it will provide a significant return on investment.” The bill would extend the TIF districts to 2030. They are currently set to expire in 2024. “This is designed to continue the revitalization of Oakdale. There has been a great deal of work already done tearing down existing …
Friday, July 13, 2012
Mayor Carmen Sarrack updated the Oakdale Business and Professional Association on the city's progress over the years, highlighting current and future city endeavors.
Oakdale has come a long way over the years. The city has been a fast-growing community in the Metro since Oakdale's inception in 1974. In the '90s, Oakdale had an abundance of commercial and industrial land, but the city didn't know how to utilize it. Now, the city is booming with more than 30 restaurants and coffee shops, which have helped transform the city into a full-service community, said Mayor Carmen Sarrack. Sarrack met with the Oakdale Business and Professional Association Thursday to highlight past, current and future projects for the city. But first, a few facts about the city: The city's jobs increase is thanks, in part, to some new additions to the city, including Five Guys, Maglio, Target, Pinz, McDonalds and The Oaks, …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
The City Council approved a resolution that will allow for the construction of a new traffic signal, which is part of Tartan Crossing redevelopment.
The Oakdale City Council took another step forward in the redevelopment of Tartan Crossing. The city council approved a resolution Tuesday night that vacates the right-of-way along the easterly side of Hallmark Avenue and 11th Street. The city must vacate this portion of the road in order to accommodate the road line with Bergren Plaza, said Community Development Director, Bob Streetar. By aligning the street correctly then the city will be able to install a new traffic light, which is part of the redevelopment plan. When the road was originally platted the street light wasn't under consideration, which is why the city is now required to vacate the right-of-way, said Whitney Ridlon, the city planner. The council passed the resolution 4-0. …
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Tartan Crossing and Tanners Lake projects are inching along.
Friday, June 29, 2012
Redevelopment of the recently dedicated Tartan Crossing project will begin July 9.
The city is moving into the next phase of the Tartan Crossing project. City officials and staff along with state legislators dedicated the Tartan Crossing project Tuesday, paving the way for the next steps of the project. Beginning July 9, the city will be constructing a road to connect the site to Hadley Avenue and 10th Street as well as adding a storm water system and new traffic signal light. The work should wrap up this fall. Tartan Crossing is replacing the old Oakdale Mall, which was demolished last June. Eventually Tartan Crossing will become a mixed-use development consisting of commercial services and retail, medical officers and senior housing, said Community Development Director Bob Streetar. "The city's function is acquiring …
Monday, June 11, 2012
The Oakdale City Council will discuss next steps for the Tartan Crossing public improvement project at their meeting this week, among other things.
At their June 12 meeting, Oakdale’s City Council will hold a public hearing about the Tartan Crossing public improvements plan, giving residents a chance to voice their opinions about a project that could carry a 1.9 million dollar price tag, depending on the contractor chosen. According to council documents, in order to properly align Hallmark Avenue North with 10th Street North, the city needs to do away with the right-of-way along 11th Street. In addition to the public hearing, council members will be asked to choose a contractor for the Tartan Crossings project. Six contractors submitted bids ranging from 1.5 to 1.8 million dollars, according to council documents. Director of Public Works and City Engineer Brian Bachmeier recommends …
Monday, May 7, 2012
The Oakdale City Council is scheduled Tuesday to consider calling for a feasibility report and a public hearing on plans to install a signal light on 10th Street at the entrance to Tartan Crossing and Bergen Plaza.
The Oakdale City Council is scheduled to consider taking another step in the redevelopment of the Oakdale Mall site at its meeting Tuesday, May 8. At its regular meeting at 7 p.m., the council will consider authorizing plans and calling for a hearing on a project to install a signal light at the intersection of 10th Street and Hallmark Avenue—which is the entrance to Tartan Crossing, as well as Bergen Plaza, according to a staff report. City staff hopes to complete the installation this construction season, the report says. Staff is recommending the council approve preparation of a feasibility report and set a hearing on the project for Tuesday, June 12. The council is also scheduled to pass a resolution denying a Helena Avenue couple’s …
Monday, January 2, 2012
A major repaving project is scheduled for Interstate 694 in Oakdale this year, and we could see formal plans for a new hotel and senior housing facility, too.
News is usually unpredictable—but not always. Here are five stories I expect to see in 2012:
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Scraps from the former Oakdale Mall site will make up the base for infrastructure at Tartan Crossing.
Oakdale Mall Scraps Going Through the Grinder: Crews are busy grinding the asphalt recovered from the Oakdale Mall site this week (see video). The gravel will be used as a base for future infrastructure on the site. M&I to Close: The bank located between Target and Oakdale’s new McDonald’s restaurant will close in November, Assistant to the City Administrator Dave Schaps told the Oakdale Economic Development Commission last Wednesday. Check Oakdale Patch again for a story with more details on the closure. Officials Still Considering Two sites for Traffic Lights: Washington County and Oakdale officials are still looking at two potential sites for traffic lights around Tartan Crossing (the former Oakdale Mall site), said Oakdale Community …
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Oakdale Community Development Specialist Logan Martin captured photos throughout the demolition of the Oakdale Mall.
Oakdale Mall demolition was kicked off with a party on June 15, and less than a month later the demolition is now complete.