City Square West

Overview

In December of 2017, the City Council appointed a Task Force to develop a concept plan for City Square West, which is located on Block 27 in Historic Downtown Chaska. The Task Force spent the following year developing the framework for the redevelopment of this block. Their goal was to add more economic value downtown through a mix of residential, retail and a paseo/plaza space. The paseo/plaza would be programmable for community activities and provide a visual connection with surrounding downtown blocks.  

The relocation of the Chaska Library was originally to be included in the redevelopment of City Square West. During the planning process, it was determined that the library would be better suited moving to a different site. Currently, the Chaska License Center and the eastern part of the Guardian Angels School block are being considered for potential library relocation sites. 

The City Council passed a resolution on December 3rd, 2018 to approve the concept plans for City Square West and the two alternate library site. The resolution also authorized city staff to move forward with the next steps, which are summarized below. 

City Square West Next Steps

  • Work with owners of City Square Center retail center on a purchase agreement that includes a mechanism for existing tenants to relocate and then keep the space vacant until closing
  • After purchase agreement with City Square Center owner is finalized, allow the retail tenants the option to relocate early, if they choose to do so 
  • Work with the Klein's (Old National Bank) on a purchase agreement
  • Work with owner of Post Office site on purchase agreement
  • Develop a Request for Proposal (RFP) that would solicit redevelopment proposals for City Square West
  • Develop financial model for this project
  • Additional steps (i.e. purchase agreements, contracts, etc) will be presented to the City Council for approvals

Library Next Steps

  • Work with Carver County to find a replacement site in downtown Chaska for the License Center
  • Initiate discussions with property owner of 401 Pine St. N about acquisition of the property
  • Continue discussions with Guardian Angels in case the License Center site proves not feasible
  • Develop a Request for Proposal (RFP) that would solicit architectural/construction services for a new library on one of the two sites
  • Develop financial model for this project
  • Additional steps (i.e. purchase agreements, contracts, etc) will be presented to the City Council for approvals