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Skweres said his yard is screened from the course with a row of trees. He said that when he met with Hunter Emerson representatives, “all they wanted to know was what kind of trees I wanted to have replanted after they got done tearing the other ones out so they could put in the sewer.”
From the start, Eagan city leaders proceeded carefully with Hunter Emerson’s proposal, wary of repeating its experience with Carriage Hills. Residents and the city fought to prevent that course from being plowed under for housing, and the battle led to a lawsuit that ended up before the Minnesota Supreme Court. The city and the course’s owners ultimately settled, and the site, now known as Stonehaven, is being developed by Lennar Corp.
Mark Wanous, boys’ golf coach at Eastview High School, said in an interview his teams use Apple Valley’s Valleywood as their home course because it is more challenging. But Parkview has long been the course for team tryouts. “They typically have been the first to open and always have been very accommodating,” he said.
Only a few of the almost 40 people who spoke at the meeting supported the development. They included real estate agents who said Eagan lacks an adequate supply of new housing.
Ruthe Batulis, president of the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce, said her organization believes the city should not interfere with the course owners’ right to sell their property.
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