The Vikings’ plans for a new headquarters in Eagan overcame road congestion concerns of the Metropolitan Council on Wednesday.
“The council is assured that traffic impacts will be appropriately monitored and addressed,” LisaBeth Barajas, Met Council local planning manager, wrote in a letter to Eagan City Planner Michael Ridley.
The Vikings aim to redevelop the 185-acre site of the former Northwest Airlines headquarters as their new corporate home and practice facility with a 10,000-seat stadium. Team owners Mark and Zygi Wilf, New Jersey-based real estate developers, also seek to develop the area around the headquarters into residential, retail and office space in the next 15 years.
Met Council planners were concerned about traffic at key intersections and along Hwy. 55.
The council’s letter, dated Tuesday, said additional traffic information provided by Eagan last week assuaged concerns about the project’s ramifications as the development grows.
The Met Council is expected to review and vote on Eagan’s plans for the site June 8. If the Met Council signs off on the proposed use of the land, the Eagan City Council could schedule a vote later in June. The City Council has warmly embraced the Vikings, who hope to move into their new home in March 2018.