By Heather Asiyanbi
In order for Mount Pleasant to get busy on its new municipal campus just northeast of Highway 20 and 90th Street, the latter avenue has to be expanded.
According to both Village Administrator Mike Andreasen and Engineer Jeff Sykes of Crispell Snyder, the $1 million road project, while a separate project, is the first step to developing the 90th Street property for the municipal campus.
Because the road is located within a tax incremental financing district (TID), those special funds are available to fund the cost.
The goal is to eventually connect 90th street so it runs continuously from Spring Street to Highway KR, though that depends on getting right-of-way from Heartland Village at the north end of the street. Heartland Village is the developer of a community of Arts & Crafts style homes along Old Spring Street near Highway H. 90th Street currently ends a few hundred feet north of Highway 20.
"This is a major north-south arterial," Sykes pointed out. "It could serve as a nice alternative to taking Highway 31, which can be very congested at certain times of the day, or Highway H as it runs through the Renaissance Business Park."
Infrastructure like water, stormwater, sewer - anything that involves a service pipe - is expected to complete by mid-November. The goal is to have at least a gravel road in by winter for access to the new village hall site. Construction on that new building is expected to begin in the spring with possibly completion by the end of 2010 or very early in 2011. The current village hall property at the corner of Highways 11 and 31 is for sale.