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Posted on: September 10, 2018

New Construction at Highway 10 and Hanson

Honda and Nissan

New development in the Gateway Commerce Center includes two new car dealerships, which will be built near the northwest corner of Highway 10 and Hanson Boulevard. Construction is underway on a new 56,000 sq. ft. Honda dealership. Walser Automotive Group received City approval for a 43,400 sq. ft. Nissan dealership. Construction is likely in 2019.

Many residents have asked, how can construction occur on what used to be wetlands? A brief history of the land involves the following facts: a private land owner owned 33 acres in this area, now known as the Gateway Commerce Center. The land owner originally wanted to develop the property into a hub of commercial development to include a restaurant, hotel and office buildings. A legal battle ensued, however, between the land owner and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as the Corps would not issue the land owner the necessary permits for development. The land owner took the Corps to court and in the mid-2000s after a ten-year legal battle, a federal judge ruled in the landowner’s favor, granting rights to develop the land. About ten years ago, as development began to occur on the site, the City was able to negotiate several improvements to water quality within the Coon Creek watershed as well as design standards for the new development.


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