Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Two blocks of Cedar will close overnight from Friday to Saturday for sewer work.
Cedar Avenue is scheduled to be closed from 10 p.m. Friday until 7 a.m. Saturday between 145th and 147th streets for water and sewer work, according to Dakota County. Recommended detours are to use 140th and 150th (County Road 42) streets to route around the closure. Construction on Cedar began in April 2011. The county project involves creating shoulders specifically for buses and widening Cedar Avenue to accommodate a bus rapid transit system, a station-to-station line that would have buses running from Lakeville to a park-and-ride near the Mall of America and back every 15 minutes during the week. The goal of bus rapid transit, which also is recommended or planned for other corridors besides Cedar, is to better and more quickly connect …
Monday, April 2, 2012
But a new McDonalds could soon be found on the southeast corner of Cedar Avenue and Dodd Boulevard, where Dino’s Gyros is located.
Editor's note: the original story said the proposed McDonalds would go next to CVS Pharmacy, on the southwest corner of Cedar Avenue and Dodd Boulevard. This is incorrect. Lakeville Patch regrets the error. The corner of Cedar Avenue and Dodd Boulevard looks a lot different. But despite the mass tree clearing project to the property on the northeast corner of the busy intersection, there isn't a new development in the works. Lakeville City Administrator Steve Mielke said the property owner cleared the trees and brush in order to farm on the land this summer. The same can't be said for the southwest corner of the intersection, adjacent to the Cub Foods anchored mall, and across from the CVS Pharmacy. Frank Dempsey, an associate planner with…
Monday, March 26, 2012
Northbound bus stops at 147th, 142nd and 140th will close beginning Monday until construction is complete.
Lakeville bus riders, take note. Starting Monday, Minnesota Valley Transit Authority buses will stop picking up and dropping off along northbound Cedar Avenue while construction on the road continues. Routes 442, 465, 476, 477, 479 and 480 buses will be detoured, "in an attempt to avoid traffic back ups along Cedar Ave" according to the MVTA website. The MVTA website has more details about the changes to each route. Right now, northbound Cedar between 150th and Upper 136th streets is reduced to two lanes beginning Wednesday, which is slated to continue through summer. Lane closures also continue on southbound Cedar between 147th Street and Whitney Drive, and northbound between 155th and 150th streets.
Friday, March 2, 2012
Construction on Cedar to accommodate a new bus rapid transit system continues.
Expect new lane closures next week on Cedar Avenue, as road construction for a new bus rapid transit system ramps up after a winter hiatus: Lane closures will continue on southbound Cedar between 147th Street and Whitney Drive, and northbound between 155th and 150th streets. Sidewalks on the east side of Cedar between 147th and 157th streets already are closed. Plans could change based on weather conditions, according to the county. Construction on the road began in April. The project involves creating shoulders specifically for buses and widening Cedar Avenue to accommodate a bus rapid transit system, a station-to-station line that would have buses running from Lakeville to a park-and-ride near the Mall of America and back every 15 …
Friday, February 24, 2012
Local 512, a local ironworkers union, staged a solidarity march with other unions 7 a.m. on Friday at the new Walmart site in Lakeville. The unions were protesting the subcontractor's use of non-union laborers.
Protests by a local labor union over the use of what they call "underpaid construction workers" who are erecting steel at Lakeville's new Walmart site, is escalating. For the second consecutive Friday, members of Local 512, a St. Paul-based ironworkers union, gathered outside the Walmart construction site along Keokuk Avenue near the Lakeville 21 movie theater. But this morning at 7 a.m., they were joined by union workers from other labor unions around the region to participate in a "solidarity march" against what Local 512 calls the "exploitation of the workers" on the Walmart construction site by the project's subcontractor, AME Construction of Wayzata. According to Local 512, members from other unions including metal workers, …
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Bids will be accepted beginning in March for the Heritage Center's renovation. Concerns over financing still linger among some council members.
Lakeville’s Heritage Center project will officially be open to bids from construction firms beginning March 20 after the City Council on Tuesday night approved the project's final plans as well as a resolution to open bidding for the project. The approval brings the oft-debated project one step closer to becoming a reality. The estimated $1.12 million conversion of the city’s vacant police station into a shared-use facility that would house the senior center, historical society and Yellow Ribbon organizations remains a source of fluid financial uncertainties with regard to hard costs and financing. But the City Council voted 4-1 to approve the final plans for the building and place the project up for bids despite some ongoing concerns. …
Friday, February 17, 2012
Local 512, a local ironworkers union, staged a picket-line protest at 7 a.m. on Friday at the new Walmart site in Lakeville. The union is protesting the subcontractor's use of non-union laborers.
More than 100 union workers in hard hats and holding picket signs arrived outside of the new Walmart site in Lakeville on Friday morning to protest the use of what they call "unskilled and underpaid workers" by the project's sub-contractor. Local 512 of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers began the protest at 7 a.m. on Friday. They say the use of non-union laborers to erect steel at the Walmart Supercenter that's under construction in Lakeville is a cost-cutting tactic by AME Construction of Wayzata. "This is about supporting and representing the workers in there," Charlie Roberts, who is a Lakeville resident and business manager for Local 512, said while pointing to the Walmart …
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Walmart and a new senior housing facility will open in 2012.
Significant progress has been made in two major building projects in Lakeville. Construction on the Walmart near the intersection of Interstate 35 and County Road 70 and the new senior living facility connected to Hosanna! Lutheran Church is underway. The majority of the work at the Walmart site has been related to draining and storm water retention. At this point, the company has applied for a full building permit, but the permit will not be issued until Walmart selects a contractor. Walmart is currently reviewing contractor bids. According to David Olson, community and economic development director for Lakeville, the company will select a contractor by the end of the year and the city will issue a building permit before Jan. 1. “The …
Monday, April 4, 2011
The project is meant to pave the way for a bus rapid transit system along Cedar Avenue.
Construction on Cedar Avenue to implement a bus rapid transit system is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. Monday, according to county plans, with lane closures on the southbound side between Dodd Boulevard in Lakeville and 155th Street West in Apple Valley. This week, crews are scheduled to restripe the southbound lanes along that stretch of Cedar, build concrete barriers and start taking out curbs. The project as a whole involves creating shoulders specifically for buses and widening Cedar Avenue. The goal of the bus rapid transit system planned along Cedar is to better and more quickly connect the southern suburbs with Minneapolis and St. Paul. Construction is set to continue through 2012. Stay with Apple Valley Patch for more on the …