The final step in turning down a controversial Ryan Companies plan to build a five-story apartment building at Valley View and Topview roads was taken Tuesday, March 7, by the Eden Prairie City Council.
The council unanimously approved a resolution denying the Ryan application to build 211 apartments on seven acres east of Home Depot. The plan has been criticized by the council and neighbors for issues related to parking, traffic and road access, building heights, and stormwater drainage.
The council turned back the plan last August, but left the door open for revisions that would address those concerns. Ryan then took a revised plan to a neighborhood meeting, but decided against submitting the new plan for city review.
“We’ve done our due diligence,” Mayor Ron Case said Tuesday, citing the hearings, meetings, and workshops held to review the original plans. “This is simply the culmination of us having directed staff to bring back a resolution for findings of denial.”
The council’s resolution includes “findings of fact,” which state that the property in question is designated for office development in the city’s Guide Plan and that the proposed apartment plan conflicts with the city’s transportation goals, among other concerns.
The company did not speak at Tuesday’s meeting, and no public testimony was taken.
EPLN called Ryan Companies for a comment on the denial. It did not return the call.
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