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City Place, Woodbury’s new business development, will be getting not one, but two new hotels.

Officials announced last week that TMI Hospitality of Fargo, N.D., had signed a purchase agreement to build two 108-room “select service” hotels on the 100-acre former State Farm campus — which has since been renamed City Place.

Officials said original plans called for the construction of a single 180-room luxury hotel near the existing 700,000-square-foot building that housed the insurance giant’s headquarters until 2004.

TMI, which owns hundreds of hotels across the country under 16 brand names (including Holiday Inn Express and AmericInn), will announce the hotels’ “flag names” later this summer, the company said. The project still must receive City Council approval.

“We are very excited to announce this important anchor at City Place,” said Juan DeAngulo, managing principal with Elion Partners. “The hotel use is a vital complement to the existing 400,000-square-foot office building as well as a key amenity to the work-play-live concept behind the development plan.”

Elion, a Florida real estate investment and development firm, is under contract to redevelop the campus into a project featuring a grocery, medical and office space, shops and restaurants.

Cottage Grove

Lehrke is college’s Outstanding Alumni

Autumn Lehrke, a Washington County commissioner, has been named 2014 Outstanding Alumni of the Year at Inver Hills Community College in Inver Grove Heights. She was selected for her service to the community and for professional and educational accomplishments, she said in a statement.

Lehrke, now of Cottage Grove, began attending Inver Hills Community College when she was 16 years old and graduated in 2003. She also has a degree in management from the College of St. Scholastica and two master’s degrees, one in business administration and the other in management.

She was elected to the County Board in 2010, representing District 4.

Stillwater

Dog park advocates receive $5,000 grant

Stillwater Area Foundation has recently granted $5,000 to the Friends of Stillwater Area Dog Park as part of the Stillwater Great Idea competition. This grant will help create and operate a fenced, off-leash park and promote responsible dog ownership.

The Friends organization is collaborating with city officials from Stillwater and has designated the Jaycee Field/storage site for the park. Construction will begin this summer.

The Stillwater Area Foundation hosts the Great Idea competition each year to provide funding for ideas that create a lasting benefit to the Stillwater area, said chairwoman Maria Reamer.

Stillwater High student recognized

Washington County Attorney Pete Orput presented Mary Junko, a Stillwater Area High School graduate, with a class ring at the County Board meeting June 3. Junko is a student who pledged to graduate from high school.

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