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Some Kasson residents upset over proposed development

KASSON, Minn. (KTTC) -- A fight is brewing between some residents and Kasson city officials over a proposed development in the southwest portion of the city.

Minneapolis developer Oppidan wants to build a 3600 square foot retail facility combined with a 200 space parking lot where Lions Park is now. 

The main concern of residents is the effect the development would have on storm water run off in the surrounding neighborhood. 

The development would also force the removal of an existing playground and coffee shop. 

One resident fears the park will never be rebuilt if the land is developed. 

"The simple fact is that my wife and I have lived in that house for more than 35 years. This is a park. My concern is that this park belongs to the people of the city of Kasson. Not the people in the southwest part of town, but the whole town," said resident Carl Zomok. 

According to Kasson Community Development Director Mike Martin, the development is still in the very early planning stages and still needs approval from the Economic Development Authority in order to move forward. 
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