The Crossing: an update

In an article in today’s Northfield News on tensions at City hall:

…Lansing is pressing for the council to discuss The Crossings [sic], a business and residential condominium project along the Cannon River. Lansing has asked about the city’s liability for the stalled project. Though city staffers this summer reviewed the project for councilors and stressed its financing agreement doesn’t jeopardize the city, Lansing, in recent weeks, has again asked for detailed information on the project. That request, Lansing said, was accurate, pointing out that an update on the project would soon come before council.

John Mathern
John Mathern, CEO of Mendota Homes, the developer of The Crossing, appeared on Wayne Eddy’s KYMN radio show a month ago.

This first hour primarily involves discussion of Mathern’s personal and professional background.

The second hour primarily involves discussion of The Crossing.

For more background:

Northfield News:

  • July 11: New plan for second Crossing building explained
    “Mendota Homes will ask city council to allow luxury apartments in the second of The Crossing’s two residential buildings. The request is designed to keep the project moving. Mendota Homes’ President John Mathern said Monday he plans to return to the city council later this month with a revised plan for the project’s second phase.”

Locally Grown:

Mendota Homes doesn’t provide updates on the news page of The Crossing, nor does it provide any photos of the development, only sketches. On the page for The Crossing on the Mendota Homes’ website, there are interior photos of the temporary model that was constructed on the SW corner of Hwy 3 and 2nd St. (since sold), plus two photos of the construction of the residential condo building.

I walked around the exterior of the property yesterday and took these 42 photos. See the album or the slideshow below.

(Full disclosure: my wife and I signed a purchase agreement on a condo in March, 2006, but thus far, have opted to not close.)


  1. Griff Wigley said:

    Thx to Wayne Eddy for alerting me that I had the audio of Hour 1 posted twice. Now fixed!

    September 27, 2007
  2. Ross Currier said:


    I noticed on the Council Agenda for Monday night that there is an update on the Crossing Project. It is the second to last item (#17) followed only by “Discussion on Hay Dobbs facility study” (a topic worthy of its own blog post), so it will probably be pretty late before the public gets to hear the latest on this project.

    I have heard that the developer (Mendota Homes) will not be attending but that it will be a presentation by the City’s financial advisors (Ehlers and Associates).


    September 28, 2007
  3. Griff Wigley said:

    Thanks, Ross. I’ll be out of town but will try to Tivo the meeting. In the meantime, I’ll see what else I can find out.

    September 28, 2007

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