Blaine housing projects approved

The Blaine City Council April 17 approved plans for three different housing projects, totalling 80 units.

At the conclusion of the largest of these three developments, Mayor Tom Ryan commented how after a seven-year lull, he is now seeing construction crews working on Sundays.

“It’s good to see all them people working out there, isn’t it mayor?” Councilmember Russ Herbst said.

“You bet,” Ryan said.

Two projects are within the Legacy Creek development. At the northwest corner of 125th Avenue and Legacy Creek Parkway, 27 townhome units in six buildings will be constructed. Further north, along Legacy Creek Parkway, 47 single family homes will be constructed near the intersection with 128th Lane.

In southern Blaine at the southeast corner of 89th Avenue and Baltimore Street, six single family homes will be built in an existing neighborhood. Planning and Community Development Director Bryan Schafer noted that these homes will have longer driveways because 89th Avenue bends away from these properties.

Kayak Remodeling and Redevelopment, LLC, of Fridley, is taking on the six-home project. The council granted a rezoning from the previous R-2 residential that would have allowed duplexes to R-1 residential so that the single family homes could be developed. The council also approved a preliminary plat.

Source Construction Capital was the applicant for the 27 townhome development in the Legacy Creek development in northern Blaine off 125th Avenue. Schafer said this would be the final phase of the townhome project Mattamy Homes has been working on in the last few years.

One requirement of the developer will be to replace about 20 dead trees with new ones in the Legacy Creek Parkway landscaped median. This area was supposed to be maintained by the developer or a townhome association and this was not done. The developer must also work out an agreement with an existing townhome association to maintain this area, Schafer said.

The council approved a conditional use permit and final plat for these 27 townhome units in six buildings to be constructed as long as terms such as these landscaping issues are first addressed.

A final plat was approved by the council for the 47 single family home development that Ryland Homes is developing. This is the second phase of a 177-lot development that Ryland Homes received preliminary plat approval for last fall.

Ryland Homes will be required to financially assist with the extension of Legacy Creek Parkway to 131st Avenue through a future Preserve at Legacy Creek plat it owns.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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