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REPLAY: Ron Clark, Residents Debate Pillsbury Commons Project

Residents slam Ron Clark Construction reps with questions.

Possibly one of the most controversial Richfield redevelopment projects in many years, the is garnering a lot of attention.

Richfield Patch hosted a live discussion with members of the Richfield Commoners United, a neighborhood group in opposition of the development, and members of Ron Clark Construction and Design's development team Tuesday. The chat proved to be qute explosive with viewers commenting both for and against the project.

To see the chat in its entirety, click the replay button above.

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Caitlin Burgess March 21, 2012 at 06:43 PM
According to Ron Clark, they are paying the market value for the property. While I don't claim to be a real estate expert, I do know that what the county and city value a property at in terms of property taxes versus what an actual appraisal of the land (and everything on it) can be quite different. For example, a house may be worth $135,000 on one's property tax statement, however an appraiser could come in look at the house and come back with a much lower or higher number depending on the condition of the property. As for the Lyndale Garden Center development, you aren't the only one concerned about the potential funding issues. This has been brought up by council. And from talking with the owner and developer of Kensington Park, the crash of the economy did the development in. It was worth around (or more than) $10 million, now it's worth roughly $4 million. When something major like that happens, they can't expect to get the same level of rents and thus, find themselves in a predicament. I'm sure there may be other factors as well, but I wouldn't assume that the people or the company of itself are careless.
Richfield Commoners United March 23, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Well, The builder was the same, so the logic that MNHFA did not over sea is kinda flawed. The Condos were built and sold for on Average $225 thousand each. The Pillsbury Commons is being built for about $179 each. So materials did not go down in the last 10 years. So please explain why 10 years ago, Ron Clark built the Casteel Town homes for $225 each and today he is proposing $179? each, where do the materials match up in value? Please walk up to Casteel Place and ask the residents about the shoddy workmanship. And then ask what will happen to Pillsbury Place 10 years from now.
Richfield Commoners United March 25, 2012 at 10:59 AM
Caitlin, The appraised value of land from the county was 2.9 million, but the land was appraised at $520 thousand. So Ron Clark was sold at $415 thousand, a big discount. Now with that being Ron Clark was asking for over $500 thousand for TIF. So the city should just say, Hey will just give you the land but start out of the box and paying taxes on the $700 thousand you will profit each year. And pay fair market rate taxes like every other household.
John March 28, 2012 at 02:03 PM
"And pay fair market rate taxes like every other household." Works for me.
Richfield Commoners United May 29, 2012 at 06:00 PM
So lets drag the city residents around and around, Thank you for being the developer you are. My be the city of Richfield will name a gift shop after you like they did in EDINA. for " AN excellent way to win hearts and minds developer" here in Richfield...oh yea we dont have a Art Gift shop but if you have your way we will have the very first SECTION 42 Shelter..Please visit http://ci.edina.mn.us/content/facilities/art_center/facilities/clark_gift_shop/index.htm

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