Public Weighs in on Future of Burnsville Center

November 08, 2018 10:23 PM

Residents in Burnsville had a chance to weigh in on new development ideas for the Burnsville Center Thursday.

Consultants with Damon Farber Landscaping laid out recommendations they've gotten from the public, employers and property owners when it comes to transforming the area.

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"That's just where everyone naturally gravitates to," Burnsville resident Lindsey Karuku said. 

The vision for the future of the mall goes well beyond shopping.

"I have things that I'd like to see in the community," Karuku said. 

"People are looking for transformational change here," added Tom Whitlock of Damon Farber. 

Whitlock helped put the presentation together. He pointed out people want mixed-use development.

"The way that malls are transforming today, they're turning into mixed-use villages," he said. 

So what would that look like?

According to the study, more restaurants, entertainment, increased walkability, green space and even expanded transportation - including bus rapid transit stops.

But some have questions about how such a setup would fare in Minnesota's cold climate.

"Our family, we have five kids and we're not going to be going to outdoor shops," Karuku said. "We're not going to be walking from place to place to place." 

A final draft of the plan will be presented at a City Council work session next month. It will also include more details on how much it will cost.
 
5 EYEWITNESS NEWS reached out to the owner of the Burnsville Center for comment, but did not hear back.
 

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