Burnsville, here's your Wal-Mart

  • Article by: NICOLE NORFLEET , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 21, 2011 - 2:16 PM

Make that six.

Wal-Mart has gotten approval to build a 155,000-square-foot superstore in Burnsville. It will be the sixth store for the retailer in Dakota County.

Last week, the City Council unanimously approved plans for the Burnsville Wal-Mart, which will be near Interstate 35W off River Ridge Boulevard, just north of Hwy. 13.

The store is expected to take about a year to build and should open in September or October of next year, City Planner Chris Slania said.

It will be a 24-hour operation that sells groceries in addition to the usual home goods and clothing. It also will include a pharmacy, a tire center, a garden center, a fast-food restaurant and a vision center.

The 28.5-acre site has been vacant for years. Previously, it had been a Holnam Portland Cement concrete transfer station. Wal-Mart Real Estate is purchasing the property from the Luther Co.

In 2000, the site was approved for construction of a car dealership, but the project did not move forward.

Wal-Mart plans to market some of the land, most likely for use by a fast-food restaurant. About nine acres of the property will remain undeveloped and placed into a conservation easement for tree and bluff preservation.

Because the store will be in the city's "gateway district," architects had to adhere to several design guidelines, including screening the parking lot from view of I-35W and providing green space within the parking lots and driving areas.

"I'm delighted that Wal-Mart is coming in," said Council Member Dan Kealey. He said Wal-Mart should help spur other development in the Minnesota River Quadrant area, which currently consists mostly of industrial businesses.

It is estimated that Wal-Mart will spend $1 billion in Minnesota to build 50 or more stores over the next five to eight years.

Wal-Mart currently has stores in Apple Valley, Eagan, West St. Paul, Hastings and Inver Grove Heights. A Wal-Mart location also is being discussed for Lakeville.

Elite One Sports Performance coming to Apple Valley

An athletic training facility geared toward teenage athletes is set to open in Apple Valley.

Elite One Sports Performance is leasing two units in the office warehouse building at 5708 W. Upper 147th St.

The 3,800-square-foot facility will include 3,000 square feet of athletic training space. The 30,000-square-foot office warehouse building is already home to a basketball training facility and another sports training business.

Elite One will offer one-on-one training sessions designed for athletes ages 12 to 15. During the school year, Elite One generally will be open on weekdays after school hours.

Lakeville could get a new church

A small church could be coming to Lakeville.

Minneapolis Meeting Rooms Inc. has submitted applications for a preliminary and final plat, conditional use permit and easement vacation for a new church to be built on a plot west of Dodd Boulevard and north of 212th Street.

The proposed 3,200-square-foot, 72-seat church would be on the west side of the property north of 212th Street. It would include 34 parking spaces. The church would be one story tall.

Minneapolis Meeting Rooms Inc, currently has a small Christian church in South Minneapolis and another building in Richfield.

The Lakeville Planning Commission will review the church plans during a public hearing June 2.

Nicole Norfleet • 612-673-4495

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