South metro news briefs: Shakopee sells empty downtown fire station

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 2, 2013 - 3:15 PM
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The old Shakopee Fire Station will be sold to a restorer of classic cars, Peter Lund. He will pay $320,000 for the building.

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SHAKOPEE

City sells empty downtown fire station

Shakopee’s City Council has finally agreed on what to do with the city’s old downtown fire station.

The building at 334 2nd Av. E. will go to a classic vehicle restorer, Peter Lund, the council decided last week. The price is $320,000. The deal is to close July 12.

Firefighters cleared out of the place last year when a new fire station, Station 2, was ready at 1001 Vierling Dr. W.

After exploring options such as a community center and arts hub, the council decided last fall to sell it.

SOUTH METRO

Get ready for big-time mess on 169 bridge

Officials are warning commuters to prepare for a major disruption for about a month beginning in late July.

Traffic on the already overloaded Hwy. 169 bridge will be throttled back to a single lane in both directions, the Minnesota Department of Transportation warns.

Repairs of the Bloomington Ferry Bridge are expected to run from July 26 through Aug. 23.

Crews will be doing maintenance on bridge joints, strengthening the shoulders and making, ironically, “traffic flow improvements” between County Road 101 and Pioneer Trail.

For more information, visit the project website at www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/169bloomington. There you can sign up for e-mail notifications.

Information is also available on Shakopee’s website at www.ci.shakopee.mn.us/roadcon struction.

Weigh in on major plans for bike paths

A chance to offer your advice on a major new effort to define the metro area’s biking needs is coming up in July.

The Metropolitan Council is leading what it’s calling a Regional Bicycle System Master Study to improve the metro area’s network of on- and off-road bike lanes. That study in turn will flow into the state’s upcoming “Bicycle System Plan.”

There’s a workshop coming up for bike enthusiasts, who can also comment online.

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