There is significant progress occurring on this project in 2012. A couple of weeks ago, the trail head facility in Dundas began to take shape. Dundas is roughly 10 miles from Faribault and 3 miles from Northfield.
Several years ago the town constructed a public parking lot at the site of the trail head and a drinking fountain. Now the drinking fountain is being flanked by a pavilion built from timber beams and limestone.
While biking in Dundas last week, I noticed this sign on a telephone pole on Hester Street. I’m not sure what it means exactly but it sure sets the tone: DFWD.
The relationship is that the clean up items are essentially the same items. Piper wants to renegotiate the TIF note, Council is saying they would consider renegotiating the note if the site clean up issues are completed. Highland is now the owner of the residential condominium to which the clean up items are related. So Highland is now determining the cost to complete the items to see if they can complete in time which will assist in unit sales efforts. Everyone wants the same thing; the issue is determining cost and identifying sources of money to pay the expense.
This portion of the property doesn’t look that much better than it did in 2005 when NDDC‘s Dan Bergeson and Ross Currier took matters into their own hands and personally demolished seven buildings when it was known as the Riverfront Development Site. I think we need them again to take charge, this time to haul all the construction shit out of there.
Dan? Ross? How about it?
There is some good news, however. There have been some improvements to other (city-owned?) parts of the property in recent weeks: streetscape-style decorative fencing along Hwy. 3, with many new trees planted.