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 the 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 was conducting on the property and was amended in 2015. 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 of Burnsville. Approximately 80 acres of land on the eastern end of the property has been guided for “River Oriented Mixed Use” development. Sometime after the reserves of the quarry are exhausted the pumps will be turned off and a 350 + acre lake will be created.
There will also be an industrial component to the end use plan. Currently, a ready mixed concrete plant leases land from Kraemer and they are directly adjacent to the Union Pacific Railroad. Long term, as Kraemer 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 the property. Aggregate shipped in via rail to the Kraemer site will provide the resources necessary for their business. This activity will allow Kraemer to continue to be one of the primary suppliers of high quality aggregate in the marketplace.