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Late winter construction update

Last year saw residential construction in Cottage Grove sink to levels unseen for decades, but commercial development was another story. A number of projects are underway, including a new restaurant, corporate headquarters and a pair of senior housing complexes. Here is an update on some notable projects due to be completed in 2008.

White Pine Senior Living: The first of two independent senior housing developments on the site, located on East Point Douglas Road near Highway 61, is due to open next summer with construction on a second scheduled to begin shortly after.

Culver's restaurant: Construction will begin soon on the Wisconsin-based burger chain's new location overlooking 80th Street near Kohl's and U.S. Bank. Work is expected to be completed this summer.

Werner Electric Minnesota: Electric and automation equipment wholesaler Werner Electric Supply Minnesota's 122,000 square-foot corporate headquarters and warehouse facility located in Cottage Grove's industrial park should be finished and open by May.

Blair Building (formerly Cottage Grove Fitness Center and Spa): The building at 8601 West Point Douglas Road is undergoing remodeling and will open sometime this summer. The building will contain a carpet outlet, small health club and an overstock clearance retailer.

Norris Square Senior Living by Presbyterian Homes: The independent senior housing facility opened to residents last week on the former Cottage Square Mall site. The Norris Square Marketplace, an adjacent commercial development, is still in the process of attracting tenants; its construction timeline is undetermined.

80th Street Commons: The former dental building's medical tenants are open for business on the top floor at 7500 80th Street while the city awaits tenants for the lower half of the structure