Ever since construction began on Apple Valley’s “downtown revitalization”, I have argued that the Apple Valley Central Village project is nothing more than a lame attempt at wasting money, creating unnecessary and dangerous traffic patterns and detracting attention from the national chain hell that exists at Cedar and 42.
Now, I don’t want anyone to think that anyone on the Apple Valley’s Planning Commission or City Council is disagreeing with me publicly but they sure are trying to push hard to make certain that their pointless pet project succeeds much like Burnsville’s Heart of the City revitalization has.
In this article over at the MNSun, Ed Kearney, president of the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce indirectly agrees with me that the Legacy Park, 153rd/Galaxie, Apple Valley Central Village non-sense isn’t the real downtown but instead Cedar/42 is (emphasis mine):
Q: That brings us to the planned implementation of bus rapid transit on the Cedar Avenue corridor. The Chamber has been very active in discussions with Dakota County, the lead agency on the project. What is at stake for businesses?
A: In 1971, Apple Valley decided to have a central downtown in its comprehensive plan. I understand there are 70,000 cars a day now that cross through [the intersection of] Cedar Avenue and County Road 42. The businesses here agree that something needs to be done about traffic. The county came in last year and proposed two scenarios creating freeways through town. Our position is – and the city agrees with the Chamber – we just spent 37 years building a downtown, we’re not going to let a freeway come in and make that disappear.