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Walmart Retail Project - Ball Road

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Updated July 8, 2014

The Walmart project proposal for Ball Road and Lexington Avenue will begin construction in the near future.  The City Council approved a conditional use permit for the site in February 2014 and a final plat in May 2014.  Walmart is working with the City and other agencies to obtain final approvals and necessary permits. 

What Has Happened (Key Actions)

  • November 8, 2013 - Wal-Mart submitted formal development applications that include a preliminary plat for subdividing the property and a Conditional Use Permit request for construction and operation of an 183,000 square foot Wal-Mart store. Wal-Mart has also prepared and submitted plans for reconstruction of Ball Road as directed by the City.
  • December 3, 2013 – Neighborhood Open House for residents was held to review and discuss project plans for both the Wal-Mart site as well as the plans for reconstruction of Ball Road and other roadway modifications at Lexington Avenue and 35W. A summary from that meeting has been prepared and has been attached to the documents going forward to Planning Commission and City Council
  • December 10, 2013 – Planning Commission held a Public Hearing on Wal-Mart's proposed subdivision and Conditional Use Permit (CUP) request. The Commission recommended approval of the subdivision request and forwarded the CUP to the City Council without a recommendation.
  • January 7, 2014- A neighborhood meeting was held for the homeowners lying south of Ball Road (Erskin, Frazier, Ghia and Hupp Streets). The purpose of the meeting was to present and discuss access options for those streets. The options presented have been attached to the City’s WEB site.
  • January 16, 2014 – The Wal-Mart applications for Preliminary Plat and Conditional Use Permit were presented to the City Council. After taking public testimony and significant council discussion the requests were tabled to the February 13th Special City Council meeting.
  • February 13, 2014 – The City Council approved the Preliminary Plat and Conditional Use Permit requests which will allow Wal-Mart to move forward with final construction plans
  • May 6, 2014 – Neighborhood open house for residents to review and discuss Ball Road Plans 5:30 to 7:00pm in the City Council Chambers. 
  • May 15, 2014 - The City Council will need to review and consider action on a Final Plat for subdivision as well as the final design elements for reconstruction of Ball Road

What Happens Next

  • Date TBD - Project Site Plan Approval (Administrative) will be issued once all City of Blaine, Anoka County, Rice Creek Watershed, MnDOT and other agency approvals and permits have been obtained by the developer. It is expected site work could begin in early July.

Please note that the schedule for the required actions is subject to change. This WEB page will be updated on a regular basis and with any changes to project status or schedule.

Any questions on this information or City process can be addressed to Lori Johnson (763-785-6198) ljohnson@ci.blaine.mn.us or Bryan Schafer (763-785-6144) bschafer@ci.blaine.mn.us.

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