Anoka approves variance for new home on Park

Anoka City Council has approved a variance for a new home at the corner of Park Street and State Avenue.

The 318 Park St. home will be built on a lot that came available through the Housing and Redevelopment Authority’s scattered site program.

The HRA bought the property in 2011, demolished a blighted home and offered the lot up for sale to a builder-buyer team.

The variance, which reduces the required setbacks along both streets, was granted to property owners Donald and Susan Fair.

The council approved staff’s recommendation to allow a setback on State Avenue of 15.77 feet, rather than the required 25 feet. On Park Street, that setback will be reduced to 25.77 feet, compared with the required setback 38.75 feet on Park Street.

While the previous house faced Park Street, the new home will face State Avenue.

The application for a variance was made to accommodate a side-entry garage on the east side of the property, as well as to assist with drainage on the south and east sides of the property, according to city staff.

Planning Director Carolyn Braun said the property meets the test on which a variance could be granted because it allows the homeowner to use the property in a reasonable manner.

The neighborhood’s character includes a variety of different lot sizes.

According to Braun, the new home will align with existing houses to the south and the north across Park Street.

Councilmember Jeff Weaver said he was happy to see the Fairs are willing to invest in building a new home in this part of Anoka, and it will be a welcome addition to the neighborhood.

“These folks are going to be just ecstatic,” said Weaver of the longtime residents of that block.

“It will be a wonderful addition to the neighborhood to replace an eyesore.”

Mandy Moran Froemming is at [email protected]