by Dawn Feddersen-Poindexter
The Rogers City Council approved a feasibility study to look at extending Rogers Drive to Brockton Lane.
Extending Rogers Drive is something council members has had in their sites for years. They weren’t willing to take the plunge until a developer was in place to necessitate the move.
“A lot of this is development-driven. When you’re going through property you don’t own, you want to wait and see how the development is going to happen,” said City Engineer Bret Weiss.
Fed Ex will soon break ground on a 300,000-square-foot distribution facility on Brockton Drive, along I-94. The site will need improved road access so the time has come to finally look at extending Rogers Drive.
The feasibility report will look at turning Rogers Drive due east, just south of Vevea Lane, where it will then travel to Brockton Lane. The proposed extension will run just north of the new Fed Ex facility, with room for additional development on the road’s north side.
A Rogers Drive extension could become an important connection as development continues in the area.
The City of Dayton, with the support of Rogers, is pushing for an I-94 off-ramp at Brockton Lane. An off-ramp is likely to bring a large boost in development along Brockton Lane, which lies on the border of Rogers and Dayton.
Scannella Properties, which is developing the new Fed Ex facility, will pay for the feasibility report. The report will cost about $31,000.