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Greater American Ribs of Woodbury, Minn., got an OK from members of Hudson's Plan Commission to proceed with plans to build a 15,300-square-foot facility in St. Croix Business Park.

The Plan Commission unanimously approved concept development plans for the facility on Nov. 10.

According to Community Development Director Dennis Darnold, Greater American Ribs cooks and packages ribs served in restaurants and sold in grocery stores.

Darnold said it is his understanding that the company will relocate from a smaller facility not far from Woodwinds Hospital in Woodbury should it be allowed to build in Hudson.

The company still needs city approval of its final plans.

The facility would be built on a new street running east from Willis Miller Drive between the General Motors parts distribution center and Hulcher Services Inc. Darnold said Greater American Ribs won't be able to begin construction until after the first of the year, at the earliest, provided that it receives final approval of its plan.

Darnold said that he was told the company expects to employ up to 80 people at the Hudson facility. Most are believed to be already employed at the Woodbury facility.

Also at its Nov. 10 meeting, the Plan Commission:

  • Rejected Laurie Valento's application for a home occupation permit to operate a garden and gift shop out of her home at 1129 Seventh St. "There was quite a bit of opposition expressed by the neighborhood," Darnold said, reporting that neighbors were concerned about increased traffic in the alley and the safety of children.

  • Approved a conditional use permit allowing placement of a Cingular Wireless phone antenna on top of Dibbo's hotel, bar and restaurant. Darnold said the eight-inch-wide triangular structure that the antenna will be placed on will extend 10 or 12 feet above the roof. It won't be highly visible from Second Street because it will be set back 40 or 50 feet from the street, he said.

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  • Randy Hanson

    Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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