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Pillsbury Commons: What Happens Next?

The controversial project proposal is still making its way through various city commissions.

night, Richfield officials—and audience members—were somewhat confused on what would happen next in the proposal process.

The developer of the project, Ron Clark Construction & Design, recently submitted a new land use application requesting to buy additional land owned by the city. The additional land will allow the developer to meet the city's comprehensive plan of medium-density housing for development in that area.

According to an e-mail sent by to members, the councll and the (HRA) will hold a joint session April 16. At that meeting, the council will consider the first reading of an ordinance to sell additional city land (the HRA mortuary site adjacent to the property) to the developer. The HRA will also consider the sale.

If both are in favor of the sale, a second reading will be scheduled for the council and a public hearing will be scheduled for the HRA. If either opposes the sale, Ron Clark will either have to change or withdraw the development proposal. In any case, the will be charged with answering questions that will precede further consideration of the other commissions at its April 23 regular meeting.

The city is in the process of preparing a full staff report for the April 16 meeting.

Richfield Patch will update readers as more information becomes available.

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Richfield Commoners United April 14, 2012 at 05:13 PM
I wish we had a "CRYSTAL BALL" just like the one used to determine the land value...Or what Will Ron Clark do to make the city look like chickens running around with their heads cut off. We dont trust Ron Clark, We believe staff had Trust but Think now it is eroding away...Since last Meeting when Ron Clark told Council Man Wroge he was not going to honor the MNHF Housing Document, what other deals did he signed and then did not honor?
Caitlin Burgess April 14, 2012 at 10:16 PM
I'm not sure which way this is going to go. I honestly can't get a good read on which way the council and commissioners are swaying. We'll see what happens Monday!

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