February 20th, 2007
A New Interchange for Interstate I-94?
The City of Dayton and Hassan Township (near Rogers) are working on a joint
powers agreement towards a new interchange in 2010 at I-94 and Brockton Lane
(Hennepin County Road 101).
The Beard Group are proposing "Stone's Throw", a 634 acre mixed use
development at this intersection in Hassan Township. The Beard Group says
they have secured $2 million in funding for the intersection IF a new Tax
Increment Financing (TIF) district is approved by the Minnesota Legislature
this year. The total cost for the interchange is estimated between $15 - $25
MNDOT'S response? According to MNDOT Area Manger Chris Roy: "We have about
$27 billion worth of needs and with only about $2 billion worth coming in,
we have no official plans on major infrastructure all the way though Rogers
up to 2030."
And the last word goes to Hassen Town Board Member Bob Ivey: "I think you're
twisting our arm here, saying if we don't make these TIF districts, we don't
have no stinking Stones Throw. There's no way I'm going to vote for tax
increment financing in a cornfield. That's just the way it is."