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Downtown streets slated for reconstruction in 2012
by Mollee Francisco
Feb 10, 2012 | 2222 views | 5 5 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Chaska won’t reconstruct Second Street this summer as originally planned. Instead, the city will tackle six blocks between First and Second streets – Elm, Cedar, Pine, Walnut, Oak and Ash. An additional block of Pine Street, between Second and Third streets, as well as the alley east of Guardian Angels, will also be included.

On Monday night, the Chaska City Council voted unanimously to accept the feasibility study for the 2012 Downtown Street Re-construction Project.

The $2.5 million project will result in 38 to 40 assessments for affected property owners. City Engineer Bill Monk didn’t have an exact figure for the assessments, but estimated them to be around $7,500. A neighborhood meeting is planned for later this month.

The 2012 project is the continuation of a complete reconstruction of downtown Chaska’s streets. Last year, Spruce, Locust and West Third streets were reconstructed.

This year’s project will incorporate elements of the newly adopted Downtown Master Plan, like trails. It will include replacement of sanitary sewer, water main, utility services, streets and sidewalks as well as the addition of a storm sewer. Monk estimated that 90 percent of the boulevard trees along those streets will be removed.

“The next couple of years will be difficult in that area,” Monk said.

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windyfern
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February 17, 2012
Excited about new curb and glutters in front of our house, ours are crumbling.
Sad in Downtown
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February 10, 2012
One of the reasons I bought a home downtown was because of the ambiance of the neighborhood. I am very sad that 90% of the trees will be removed from the boulevards. That is what gives these old streets their charm. I think I am more upset about that then getting an assessment. It won't be the same.
Mollee_Francisco
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February 10, 2012
Downtown Resident - The city originally planned to do the residential portions of Second Street (leaving the business district from Pine to Walnut for now) in 2012.

From what I've heard, many downtown business owners would rather delay the street reconstruction as long as possible because it will affect access to their buildings and likely will result in costly assessments to the property owners.
downtown resident
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February 10, 2012
If the business owners are all for it then how can I complain :) Good to hear they are okay with it. Thank you for your response :)
Downtown Resident
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February 10, 2012
Why not 2nd Street this time?? Dunn Bros and Lillians (probably the most popular downtown Chaska business) deserve it. They keep people spending money downtown at least...for now. I don't understand.
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