Letter of the Day (May 2): Holy Angels land

  • Updated: May 1, 2014 - 6:31 PM

Many businesses have made good use of existing commercial properties in the city.


A rebuilt Menards (shown in 2012) is a better example of redevelopment in Richfield.

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It isn’t just alumni who oppose the sale of the Academy of Holy Angels lawn (Twin Cities+Region, April 30). The city of Richfield has been moving in the right direction as a leader in community redevelopment, and it ought to continue its course of redeveloping existing commercial sites rather than rezoning residential property for commercial use. City Hall was rebuilt on its original site; the Kmart property was redeveloped into Lyndale Station, with LA Fitness as the anchor; Richfield Bloomington Honda is expanding its business at its current location; the former Lyndale Gardens is being rebuilt as a mixed-use property, with Lakewinds Natural Foods as its base; Taco Bell built a new restaurant on the site of the former Burger King near Interstate 494, Popeyes remodeled the KFC near Rainbow Foods; Menards rebuilt at its current location; O’Reilly Auto Parts built at a vacant lot at E. 66th Street and 12th Avenue S.; Pizza Luce built at the former Bridgeman’s site, and CVS built at the northwest corner of W. 66th Street and Penn Avenue S., replacing a portion of the shopping center next to Arc’s Value Village, which also expanded and remodeled its business.

Why can’t Walgreens do the same and rebuild at its current location, instead of using the Holy Angels land?

Kathy Weston, Richfield

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