The Woodbury Planning Commission on Monday discussed plans for Bielenberg Gardens, a mixed-use development slated at the southwest intersection of Radio Drive and Bailey Road.
Jerry’s Enterprises and United Properties are looking to build a new grocery-anchored retail center at the site, a 200-acre parcel that will also include housing.
The planning commission on Monday examined the grocery store/liquor store and planned unit development (PUD) for the site.
The vision for Bielenberg Gardens is a more urban setting that will “separate it a bit from a (typical) suburban development,” said Eric Searles, Woodbury associate planner.
The planning commission on Monday voted 3-2 on the grocery store/liquor plans and PUD for the site. (Two members were absent.) Some commissioners were concerned that there weren’t enough urban elements in the plans, Searles said.
The recommendation from the advisory body is expected go before the Woodbury City Council at its Sept. 11 meeting.
The city is hoping to have higher-density development at Bielenberg Gardens and more pedestrian-friendly infrastructure than is generally found in Woodbury, Searles said.
The neighborhood will also be linked to the Bielenberg Sports Center via a pedestrian tunnel under Radio Drive, which was built when the street was reconstructed this summer.
Councilman Christopher Burns attended Monday’s meeting, and said the positives of the project include:
- garden spaces incorporated throughout;
- the connections by paths and walkways to the various stores; and
- the green space and storm water retention pond/park feature.
Much of the discussion Monday centered on the green space and “walkability” of the area, Burns said.
While other retail plans—possibly a fast-food restaurant, a pharmacy and office space—were not on the agenda for the planning commission, Burns did note that, as a citizen, he would like to see a Dairy Queen or Culver’s at Bielenberg Gardens.
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