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A Quarry with a Plan

The Burnsville quarry has been in operation since 1959 producing high quality limestone. Currently, we produce 2.5 million tons per year. Sometime after 2025 the reserves of the quarry will be exhausted. At that time, the quarry pumps will be shut off and a 350 + acre lake will be created.

Planning for the end of the useful life of the quarry began in the 1970’s. Multiple plans exist that suggested an end use or “vision” for property. These plans were formalized in 1994 when the company and the City of Burnsville signed a Planned Unit Development (PUD) document. The PUD was intended to formalize the approvals for the activities that Kraemer Mining & Materials (KMM) was conducting on the property. Mining and landfill operations were the primary land uses at that time. The landfill was sold to USA Waste (now Waste Management) in 1997.

Another facet of the PUD was to refine the multiple plans that existed for the end use of the property. A general vision for the redevelopment of the property was created in collaboration with the City. Approximately 80 acres of land on the eastern end of the property has been guided for “River Oriented Mixed Use” development. This designation is consistent with the City’s orientation toward capturing the river “amenity” that exists in the area due to the proximity of the Minnesota River.
There will also be an industrial component to the end use plan. Currently, 2 ready mixed concrete plants lease land from KMM. We are directly adjacent to the Union Pacific Railroad. Long term, as KMM and other aggregate resources are depleted in the Minneapolis – Saint Paul market, aggregate will likely be delivered from outside the market, via rail. The plan envisions ready mix and asphalt producers located on or adjacent to our property. Aggregate shipped in via rail to the KMM site will provide the resource necessary for their business. This activity will allow KMM to continue to be one of the primary suppliers of high quality aggregate in the marketplace.

Every five years, the City and KMM “meet and confer” about the vision for end use. As changes occur in the interim, these meetings allow both sides to add detail and clarity to the ultimate plan. The image you see is the most recent rendering for what the river oriented mixed use might look like after redevelopment has occurred. The Burnsville Quarry really is a quarry with a plan.