Ahh, my most favorite parcel of barren and treeless land, originally slated for development of more cheap and poorly constructed housing and retail space to be occupied by chains and/or other failing businesses has really caught the ire of the Apple Valley City Council. Yup, the grand vision for the Apple Valley Central Village has hit another snag and more delays are expected because the developer originally interested in building just under 200 more town homes (just what Apple Valley needs!) and retail space has asked to alter the original plans and build fewer townhomes (which didn’t sell the first time and are instead being leased, much to the grave disappointment of the Apple Valley City Council) and reduce the square footage of retail space because, well, the buildings already there aren’t exactly beating off prospective business owners with a stick.
According to the Star Tribune, City Council member John Bergman said that the delays and headaches of choosing a local developer over a big corporate developer is his worst nightmare. Apparently, even though preexisting and established businesses under the “Save Downtown Apple Valley” moniker are still very concerned about the prospect of a Cedar highway destroying the real downtown Apple Valley, Mr. Bergman would rather fret over the prospect of not building housing and retail space that isn’t likely to get filled any time soon than lose sleep over the real downtown area.
Yes, there is a good possibility that Apple Valley will lose a $2.3 million grant if the already delayed project doesn’t move forward but honestly, the City Council needs to get back down to Earth and stop living the unattainable dream of this unnecessary “walkable downtown” that seems to be the fucking buzzword of all the suburbs. Let’s concern ourselves with established and preexisting businesses rather than new construction that may never get filled. I’d rather see open plots of land covered in scrub grass and dusty dirt than overpriced and empty storefronts with “Lease Now” signs cluttering the windows.
Both would be common scenes in a ghost town, one just happens to have cost a lot more money to create.