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The City of Eden Prairie has kicked off a multi-year planning process to update its Comprehensive Plan — Aspire Eden Prairie 2040.

As residents and stakeholders, you have a vested interest in this planning process. Please share your thoughts about the need for neighborhood commercial development in the southwest quadrant of the city.

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Please share your thoughts on the need for neighborhood commercial services in the southwest quadrant of the city.

Would you like to see a restaurant, coffee shop, gas station, convenience or limited grocery store, general or service-oriented retailers?

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Jennifer Doyle 4 months ago

I'm sure I'm not the only concerned person in Eden Prairie. I worry EP is turning into Bloomington or Burnsville. I moved from the city to be closer to nature, not more high density apartment buildings and faceless businesses. I wish EP would better zone businesses. Yes, I know it brings in property taxes; but the more we grow the more that services are needed. I don't want to see anymore gas stations in residential areas. I hope EP can be kept a cohesive community that appreciates the environment and can create spaces with the character and the environment in mind.

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Steph MacPhail 4 months ago

Exactly. Well said.

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Sara Freeland 4 months ago

I would like to see more independently owned small businesses and less corporately owned chains

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Nancy Scholz 4 months ago

I agree but I don't believe there is room for commercial neighborhood business in area 1, 2, 3 or 4.

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Carole Mette 4 months ago

I think Area 2 on the map is the only area that it would make sense to have commercial uses, and those being retail service uses like a convenience store, dry cleaning, pharmacies, and other stores that people need to drive to quickly grab something. I don't think these areas would support the type of retail you see in the commercial center. I also think people who live in the areas above like to live there because it's a little more of a country feel, yet still super convenient.

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Ryan Petersen 4 months ago

Area 2 is 100% developed and is only a mile from plenty of commercial options at Hwy 5 and Eden Prairie Rd.

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robyn riley 4 months ago

It would be nice to have locally owned convenience stores or coffee shops like Rustica. The area across from Grace Church would be a good spot for this.

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Marcel Nienhuis 4 months ago

Eden Prairie has a reputation of being a giant strip mall. There is no central hub, so I'm glad to see the city is exploring options. I'd love to see a small "main street" downtown shopping area with cafes, small parks, etc. See University Ave in Palo Alto for an example. I'd put it on Eden Prairie road building out the strip where Rustica is located. Rustica, with it's unique building, outside dining, and backyard area, is the closest thing EP has to a community-centered shop, and the community does gather there. Add some unique restaurants and shops, like an ice cream shop, toy store, etc. around that along with a small park area and now we're talking!

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Lori Ash 4 months ago

Excellent idea!

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D Hilpipre 4 months ago

If a small scale library was possible within walking distance of Rustica, that would be nice to see also. We need more destinations of interest that we can walk to.

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Stephanie Dreke 4 months ago

I would like to see more locally owned restaurants or stores, no more chain stores...i also believe that EP needs to preserve the natural areas that are left. Quadrant 2 seems like the most logical place to add things. I like that Eden prairie has alot of green space and we need to preserve that.

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Darla Huff 4 months ago

I prefer the area the way it is now which I why I moved here less than 17 months ago. I like the natural landscape, free from strip centers on every corner, and the nice, quiet and safe neighborhoods. I am not completely opposed to development but like others have commented, I would prefer unique cafes and restaurants and small gathering places instead of another gas station or grocery store.

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GORDON AND olson 4 months ago

Couldn't agree more with Jennifer and Darla. That's is totally the reason we moved here in 1998; Area 2 certainly does NOT need more commercial uses....we have more than adequate now and any additions would be further invasive to quality residential living.

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Steph MacPhail 4 months ago

Why does this city continue to feel the need to over develop every last piece of land? Last year is was the complete destruction of the beautiful scenery at Round Lake park for pointless baseball fields; late last year it was turning a strip of beautiful wood-y land by 169 into senior living; and now let's wreck more natural beauty for commercial development? Just stop. Stop.

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Wendi Rusdo 4 months ago

Yes I would like us to have more small shops and feel more charm and personal storefronts like Excelsior- we need to support small business owners - too many chains now here as it is-

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George Adzick 4 months ago

Commercialization often neglects many of the negative peripheral effects that the general footprint creates. Do we really need another convenience center within the relatively small radii being discussed? I have not suffered any retail convenience anxiety living in the southwest of EP.

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Imre Olajos 4 months ago

First of all, I'd like to thank the City of Eden Prairie for providing this public forum to gather feedback! We moved here a little over a year ago and it's refreshing to have a city government that provides such a great opportunity for its residents.

As for the topic: I don't think the solution is to add commercial services to SW EP. I'd much rather see the existing commercial zone in and around EP Mall improved first.

I don't think people living in Area 1 would appreciate any portion of their beautiful residential area carved out for commercial purposes. I don't even know where Area 2 would accommodate additional commercial services, as it seems pretty built-out to me. Area 4 seems too small and hilly to have a commercial zone. Maybe the area around Grace Church and the airport in Area 3?

I think most people moved to and prefer to live in SW EP precisely because there isn't a ghastly convenience store on every corner. I could see how a gas station at, say, the intersection of Dell & Pioneer Trl could be convenient - or maybe an electric charging station instead, you know, to move EP into the 21st century? :-)

Again, I'd much rather see focus on the existing commercial zone around EP Mall: an expanded and improved Walmart, more restaurants (even if they're chains), etc. I would even think long and hard about EP Mall itself, too. Malls are dying all across the US, and as the departure of Sears shows it, EP Mall is having issues, too. (I wonder how long will JC Penney and Kohl's be able to hold out...) Pretty much the only establishments we regularly visit in the EP Mall is AMC and Target. And the Food Court in EP Mall has some of the worst food we've ever eaten in a suburban mall. The EP Mall has a huge footprint (together with its vast parking lot), and a) I wonder if its sustainable in the long term, and b) whether the city might be better served with a different concept in its place. if I were a city manager, that's what I'd think about rather than considering adding more commercial zones to SW EP.

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Ann Higgins 4 months ago

This topic is timely and critical particularly in view of the prospect of LRT.

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EP Resident 4 months ago

I would welcome a health food store. It is crazy the Eden Prairie does not have one! (Whole Foods, Trader Joe's or Fresh Thyme). I like the idea of keeping the commercial areas by the mall.

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CITY CONNECT admin 4 months ago

From Rosalyn N. on Nextdoor: I would like to see more high-end retail at the mall -perhaps Nordstrom. Also a Hobby Lobby or high- end fabric store (not JoAnn) Bring back Dairy Queen and Kentucky Fried Chicken

Thank you

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Jaime Weber 3 months ago

It would be nice to have a small convenience store in area 3 by Grace Church and Flying Cloud Fields.

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Debra McBride 3 months ago

I live in Area 3 and, although I've caught myself wishing there were a gas station or convenience store around Pioneer Trail and Mitchell, I think it's ridiculous to wish for that when two SuperAmericas are within 2 miles from there. How lazy am I that I can't turn and drive two more miles? I love our green spaces and hate seeing commercial development signs on every vacant corner.

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