Judge rejects Twin Lakes challenge
Steve Scott, Pioneer Press
March 30, 2006

A Ramsey County judge has ruled that a Roseville citizens group that sued the city over the Twin Lakes redevelopment failed to show the project would violate state environmental laws.

The Friends of Twin Lakes contended the redevelopment would violate the Minnesota Environmental Rights Act by adversely affecting the area and causing pollution and harm to natural resources around Langton Lake.

District Court Judge Marybeth Dorn ruled in favor of the city of Roseville and the project's master developer, the Rottlund Cos. Another judge last August rejected the group's request to halt the project for further environmental review. Friends of Twin Lakes has appealed that ruling.

Work is to begin this spring on the first phase of Twin Lakes: 730 housing units, 221,000 square feet of office space and 330,000 square feet of shops and restaurants on 80 acres north and east of Cleveland Avenue and County Road C.

"We are delighted with the outcome, which the majority of the Council had hoped for and expected," City Council Member Dean Maschka said in a statement released by the city. Twin Lakes consistently received 3-2 votes of approval from the council.

Steve Scott

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