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City, school will discuss plan for mixed use of dog track site

Members of the Hudson City Council and the Hudson Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, June 9, to discuss a new plan for mixed use of the 130-acre former St. Croix Meadows dog track property.

The meeting will take place at City Hall, 505 Third St., and may be cablecast live on channel 15, the community access channel for Hudson and North Hudson cable TV customers.

Mayor Alan Burchill announced the meeting at the end of Monday night’s City Council meeting, saying he had been contacted by new school board president Jamie Johnson with a request to present the plan to the council.

Burchill said the school board wants to know if the proposal is something the city might consider before proceeding further with it.

It is assumed that the plan includes construction of a new high school and private commercial and/or residential development.

In 2012, the school district proposed purchasing the vacant dog track for $8.25 million and building a secondary school on the site.

District voters approved the land purchase in a referendum, but in September 2012 the City Council voted 5-1 to deny the zoning change that would have been necessary to build the school.

The council was concerned about losing approximately one-third of the land in the city available for commercial development.

The district at that time offered 10 acres of the property for private development and said it would consider parting with more.

Burchill indicated that he hadn’t seen the details of the latest proposal.

The school district reportedly has had conversations with developers who are interested cooperating on a mixed-use plan for the property that includes construction of a school.

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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