Chaska City Hall Bulletin

Volume 8, Issue 22; July 9, 2015

Historic Riedele/Ernst House Moved

On Wednesday, from midnight to about 1:30 am the historic Riedele/Ernst house was moved from Firemen’s Park to its new site of 207 Walnut Street. 

The house was preserved and moved as part of the Firemen’s Park redevelopment project.  The original portion of the house was built in 1884 on the brickyard site owned by Andreas Riedele.  Brickmaking started on the site in 1881.  By 1882 the Riedele employed 15 workers and manufactured 15,000 bricks per day.  The house was adjacent to the brick yards and housed two generations of Riedele families.
When the Klein Brothers acquired the brick building business, they also acquired the house.  In 1910 a two-story Chaska brick addition was added to the rear of the house.  The one-story open front porch was also constructed that same year.
For the past several years the house was known as the Ernst house, as it was owned by landscape architect, Gene Ernst, who had his office on the first floor, and a residential rental space on the second floor. 
The house and property was acquired by the City of Chaska two years ago in anticipation of the Firemen’s Park redevelopment.  The house was moved to Walnut Street and there are plans to re-use it as either office space on the first floor and residential on the second floor, or as a strictly residential home. 
The move was thankfully, uneventful.  It went as planned and was completed in the time frame anticipated.  A huge thank you is due to Thein Moving Company out of Clara City, Minnesota.  They did a fantastic job of planning, and executing the move that created very little disturbance to traffic, business, and residential areas. 
Over the next several weeks crews will be building up the foundation and re-grading the Walnut Street site.  At the same time, the lot to the south will be developed by the City as part of this year’s Street Reconstruction Program, into a 25-vehicle public parking lot. The project is slated to be completed yet this summer. 
Questions about any of these projects may be directed to Chaska City Administrator, Matt Podhradsky, at 952-448-9200.



Firemen's Park Project Update

Residents are beginning to see work occur on the actual Firemen’s Park itself.  One of the most noticeable items is the work beginning on the performing arts stage, located on the south side of Firemen’s Lake and out into the water approximately eight feet.  A large green area will face the stage, which will be able to hold 1500 to 2000 people.  This will be a signature element of the park. 
Work on the new park shelters has also begun on the Firemen’s Park side and on the Schimelpfenig Park side.  The three shelters will include concessions areas, restrooms, kitchens, and will be available for rental for family reunions, picnics, and other gatherings. 
Work on the building continues to progress on schedule.  The mechanical equipment is being installed in the curling center, along with the piping and flooring.  Brick work is nearly complete on 50% of the building, with brick work now moving to the banquet facility side of the building.  The entire project continues to be on schedule for completion in early November.  A soft opening is being planned for that time frame. 
Questions about the project may be directed to the Park and Rec Director, Tom Redman, at 952-448-5633. 


Only 2 More Weeks Until River City Days

Chaska's annual River City Days festivities are fast approaching July 24 - 26, 2015.  Most events are held at City Square Park in historic downtown Chaska. 

Activities include art and craft vendors, business informational booths, numerous musical groups, talent show, golf tournament, historical displays, medallion hunt, firefighter water fights, tons of food, including the ever popular Rotary steak and chicken dinner, library book sale, kiddie games, parade, pancake breakfast, and more!  For a complete list of events or to sign up to participate in an activity, go to:

Chaska City Councilmembers

Mayor Mark Windschitl -
Ward 1 Councilmember Paula Geisler -
Ward 2 Councilmember Greg Boe -
Ward 3 Councilmember Christopher Schulz -
Ward 4 Councilmember Jay Rohe -
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