Mayor Elizabeth Kautz has been an avid and consistent supporter of the Burnsville business community. Working closely with the Burnsville Chamber and actively meeting with current and potential businesses, she has been instrumental in adopting local policies that promote growth, attract jobs, and reduce residential taxes. And her strategies have worked – with about 2500 local businesses, Burnsville continues to thrive as we grow our tax base.
The Mayor led successful redevelopment of business and community in aging parts of the City in need of revitalization. In 2004, the "Heart of the City" mixed-use redevelopment project broke ground under the bold leadership of Mayor Kautz. This successful project transformed a blighted section of Burnsville into the Nicollet Commons Park, Performing Arts Center, and multi-family housing. The initial investment resulted in additional tax revenues for the City, rising from $200,000 to $1.2 million per year, lowering your tax rate, and providing a much-needed downtown for the City.
Today, Nicollet Commons is the focal point for community and culture. The Ames Center brings music, Broadway, and ballet to the City, and the area is experiencing a secondary building boom, including planned additions to the Nicollet Commons Park.
Recent development projects completed and currently under construction have addressed the needs of our community with senior living facilities and apartments, medical offices and commercial service and retail businesses. More than a dozen new projects have been approved, including the Burnsville Center Village Redevelopment, with a significant number of proposals under consideration.
Future redevelopment projects include the Northwest River Quadrant, an area from the Minnesota River west of Interstate 35W to the border of Savage and north of State Highway 13. Mayor Kautz has worked tirelessly through years of discussions, planning, hearings, rezoning and finally legislation to create a special Tax Increment Financing District in the 1700-acre site. The vision for this treasured asset is to become the northern gateway to our City, with public amenities along the river, trails spanning the river front and parks, along with mixed-use development, a business park and strategically positioned industrial development.
Mayor Kautz continues to advocate for both citizens and local businesses, with a vision for Burnsville to remain a City that is vibrant and vital for it residents.