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Kenwood Trail Land Sale Explained

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Students holding signs in protest. Photo is courtesy of Coach Just.

14 acres of land north of Kenwood Trail Middle School has been sold to Lennar Corp. for house construction. The land currently has old-growth trees, trails, and a disc golf course enjoyed by the Lakeville community. In addition to the loss of recreational space, Lakeville cross country and nordic ski teams are dissatisfied with the school board’s decision to sell the land because it is a valuable practice and race facility. “They don’t make more land,” said Jason Just, South boys cross country coach, “this is a precious resource.” 

Photo is courtesy of Coach Just.

The sale was discussed at three board meetings before the subject was identified to the public, violating Minnesota’s Open Meeting Law and ISD 194 policy #205. Residents say this did not allow for time to protest the decision and feel the school board is not fully considering the student voices on the matter.

Coach Just said the 1 million dollars the plot is being sold for must go into the district budget for something long-lasting like the purchase of new land or new building construction.

But the results aren’t set in stone, the school board has entered a purchase agreement with Lennar Corp. Now the builders have time to inspect the land until April 1. If Lennar decides to go through with the purchase, they would have to submit a plan to the Lakeville City Council. The land is currently designated as public open space in Lakeville’s Comprehensive Plan. To change the plan, the council would need to vote a ⅘ majority in favor of Lennar. Those in opposition to the sale are hoping the Comprehensive Plan will prevail and the purchase will fall through.

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