10/12/2013 2:13:00 PM Annexation of 52 acres near Mayo site near completion
by Ken Haggerty
A public hearing on the annexation by the City of a 52-acre parcel south of the new Mayo hospital/clinic site and around the east side of the new Hwy. 52 overpass site drew no public comment or apparent opposition from the Cannon Falls city council on October 1.
Brent A. Moline and Moline Enterprise, LLC petitioned for the annexation. Cannon Falls Township has told the City they are fine with the annexation.
The annexation request will have to clear additional readings.
Moline said the property has been in his family since 1875. He has no set plans for its use at this time. Moline said he works in commercial real estate in Rapid City and knows from experience that you can have a perfect plan and then the phone rings and everything changes. He thinks the phone will be ringing as this property is formally annexed.
Moline said he sees it being developed as a mixed use commercial project with the type of things you normally see going in by an interchange near a city.
Moline said he thinks some really great things can happen at the location. He said he will work with the city and make sure it is a great development that coincides with the new Mayo facility.
Council member LeRoy McCusker said he wanted to be sure that Moline was aware of the green, gumbo, clay stuff that is common in this area. Moline said he remembers his dad telling him that when he plowed the Jim Hammer land on the hill that there was so much green shale that the horses sometimes couldn't pull the plow through it. Moline also said he has been in contact with Mayo about extensive soil samples they had done on his land and that "we know what we have."
Moline said they have passed on opportunities to sell the whole parcel in the past for a housing development. He sees this as a long-term project and that he feels they are on the same page as the city, county and Mayo moving forward.