School board gets a look at 3 site plans for St. Croix MeadowsEach of the plans included a 10-acre parcel in the northwest corner of the property that the district would sell for compatible commercial use or for use by the City of Hudson.
By: Meg Heaton, Hudson Star-Observer
The Hudson Board of Education on Tuesday night, May 8, approved three conceptual site plans for a secondary school on the St. Croix Meadows property. The plans are for a grade 8/9 building, a three-year high school and a four-year facility.
Each of the plans included a 10-acre parcel in the northwest corner of the property that the district would sell for compatible commercial use or for use by the City of Hudson.
Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten said that the site plans were drawn up in response to a request for more information from the city’s planning commission. The plans will be part of their presentation to the city for the purpose of re-zoning the property from commercial to use as a school.
Bowen-Eggebraaten said the school board and district are collaborating with the city in an effort to find a mutually beneficial resolution and that the 10 acres could be returned to a commercial, tax generating property for the city.
The superintendent stressed that the site drawings which include the school building along with athletic fields and parking are very preliminary and that the no decisions will be made on what a school on the property will look like until after the district’s “community engagement process.” That process is scheduled to begin after the purchase of the property is complete which is contingent upon the city rezoning the property.
The site plans were approved by the board in a 5-1 vote. New board member Sandy Gehrke cast the dissenting vote saying the plans were premature.