by Tammy Sakry
Ramsey is losing one of its top administrators.
Deputy City Administrator Heidi Nelson has resigned, effective April 10, to take a job as the Wayzata city manager.
She was one of five finalist interviewed for the job.
Nelson came to Ramsey in 2002 as the assistant city administrator. Prior to that she worked as Blaine’s assistant city administrator.
After 10 years with Ramsey, it was “that time in my career to move on and move into being a city manager,” Nelson said.
“Wayzata is a great opportunity,” she said.
It is a small community with great retail and commercial base, she said.
As Wayzata looks at redeveloping and at its lake front retail, there will be exciting projects in the future, Nelson said.
For the last five years, Nelson has been working on the development of The COR downtown project and related real estate issues in Ramsey.
The original Ramsey Town Center project was impacted by the declining economy and the city made the decision to step in and purchase the 150 acres of the failed project (now renamed The COR).
She had the opportunity to help The COR get on the right path and to clean up the issues of the past project, Nelson said.
On her last day, Nelson will be present as the largest building project, a 230-unit luxury apartment complex, breaks ground in The COR.
It will the final piece of a deal that Nelson, along with Development Manager Darren Lazan, have been working on for 2.5 years.
Nelson was also instrumental in advancing Ramsey’s Northstar Commuter Rail station project, which will break ground later this month.
“It was fun to be part of it,” she said.
Not all of the projects Nelson has worked have been finished, like the Highway 10/Armstrong Boulevard interchange.
She hopes in three to five years she will see the proposed Highway 10/Armstrong Boulevard interchange completed as she drives through Ramsey, Nelson said.
In addition to being the deputy city administrator, Nelson is also the Ramsey’s community development director and the Housing and Redevelopment Authority executive director.
“I want to thank the business community and residents. I have established relationships that I plan on continuing,” Nelson said.
“I wish them the best.”
Nelson also thanked current and past city councils.
Tammy Sakry is at firstname.lastname@example.org