Councilman Terry Furlong On Anchor Crossing Development


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19.2 acres of the last hope for North Saint Paul.

Zoned Diversified Development.

Council Member Furlong on the exchange and future of the McKnight rd and Hwy 36 exchange and the 19.2 acres known as Anchor Crossing. Council Member Furlong had the following statement:

“He thanked all those who gave him both positive and negative feedback and all the information provided. He weighed very hard on both sides, losing many nights of sleep. He learned a lot about CUPs and the process of getting this point. Just a few years we made a decision to re-do Highway 36 which ran from McKnight Road to Century Avenue.

This project eliminated two sets of lights and the access into our City was eliminated except for westbound on Margaret Street. With the elimination of entrances it now made two gateways into our City – McKnight and Century. I believe it has been the vision of the City to try and bring more desirable businesses into our City, especially in the gateway areas. This brings me to the 19 acres of Anchor Block that is now on the market. This parcel for many years housed a very industrial business, a business that did not fit the vision as desirable. This key property will determine what the McKnight Corridor will look like in the years to come. If you look at what the corridor represents today in development it reflects what the Anchor site brought to this area years ago. It is my opinion that the McKnight gateway would be a premier entrance into our community. My second concern is the Urban Ecology Center. I know for a fact that the UEC does not get the use that it deserves and it is looked down at as more of a swamp, which I understand is like calling it a bad name. I believe this area and use is also reflective by what the corridor image has been in the past. My vision is definitely a few years out but again I see development that is more attractive that will bring the UEC into adesirable and much needed passive park for North St. Paul. I agree that the plan is inconsistent with the Comprehensive Plan.”

“The liberal agenda is the liberal neurosis made manifest. It is not a rational program for the organization of human action. It is instead an irrational conglomeration of neurotic defenses which the modern liberal uses for his mental and emotional equilibrium. By attacking the sovereignty of the individual and the institutions essential to ordered liberty, the agenda attacks the very foundations of a free society.”

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