Lakeland City Council rejects business center’s growth plans

The Lakeland City Council voted four to one to reject a proposed expansion of the St. Croix Business Center on Tuesday night.

The business center, located at 44 St. Croix Trail S., currently is home to Premium Moving & Storage, Metro Dentalcare and Surf and Turf Direct. Owner Jacki Aldridge applied for an amended conditional-use permit to add up to three additional tenants and allow for internal division of the warehouse space. She also wanted to add a new portable loading dock and overnight parking for tenant service trucks in an enclosed fenced area.

Mayor Joe Paiement and Council Members Pat Rivers, Mike Thron and Robert Craggs voted to reject the proposal based on the plan not being compatible with the existing neighborhood. Council member Doug Sand voted to allow the permit amendments.

Neighboring residents opposed Aldridge’s plans and raised concerns about the expansion to the city council. The group Concerned Elmwood Residents was especially worried about a potential increase in traffic noise and diesel fumes.

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