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in the Gateway Commerce Center includes two new car dealerships, which will be
built near the northwest corner of Highway 10 and Hanson Boulevard.
Construction is underway on a new 56,000 sq. ft. Honda dealership. Walser
Automotive Group received City approval for a 43,400 sq. ft. Nissan dealership.
Construction is likely in 2019.Many residents
have asked, how can construction occur on what used to be wetlands? A brief
history of the land involves the following facts: a private land owner owned 33
acres in this area, now known as the Gateway Commerce Center. The land owner
originally wanted to develop the property into a hub of commercial development
to include a restaurant, hotel and office buildings. A legal battle ensued,
however, between the land owner and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as the
Corps would not issue the land owner the necessary permits for development. The
land owner took the Corps to court and in the mid-2000s after a ten-year legal
battle, a federal judge ruled in the landowner’s favor, granting rights to
develop the land. About ten years ago, as development began to occur on the
site, the City was able to negotiate several improvements to water quality
within the Coon Creek watershed as well as design standards for the new