Portion of closed Andover golf course to be sold

The city of Andover is hosting a 4-7 p.m. open house Wednesday, June 4 at Andover City Hall to give neighbors of the former Woodland Creek Golf Course an update on what is happening on this property.

The city Oct. 1, 2013 closed on a deal with Olvan Properties, LLC to buy the 70-acre property for $375,000. It is now preparing to close on two separate transactions to sell all this property, mostly to a state agency. But approximately 5 acres will be sold to a housing developer.

The Andover City Council approved selling 5 acres to Shadow Ponds, LLC. Capstone Homes will be developing five to six homes on this property, according to City Administrator Jim Dickinson. Before the property sale closes Sept. 15, the city must remove the old Woodland Creek Golf Course clubhouse and the parking lot, which is overgrown with weeds. File photo by Eric Hagen

The Andover City Council approved selling 5 acres to Shadow Ponds, LLC. Capstone Homes will be developing five to six homes on this property, according to City Administrator Jim Dickinson. Before the property sale closes Sept. 15, the city must remove the old Woodland Creek Golf Course clubhouse and the parking lot, which is overgrown with weeds. File photo by Eric Hagen

As part of May 20 consent agenda, the Andover City Council unanimously approved a purchase agreement with Shadow Ponds, LLC, which will pay the city $130,000 for 5 acres along South Coon Creek Drive in the 3200 block. Dickinson said the closing date is Sept. 15. By that time, the city is obligated to remove the old golf clubhouse building and parking lot that is overgrown with weeds.

In the meantime, the city continues to work with the Board of Soil and Water Resources on a wetland bank road program conservation easement. In short, BSWR plans to maintain the remainder of the former golf course as a wetland that would include a walking trail and a parking lot, so the public can access to the area.

Dickinson said no closing date has been set with BSWR and more information is needed on what easements are required, such as for the access road to the parking lot. At this point, Dickinson said it appears that BSWR will be purchasing 64 to 65 acres from the city. Both sides have already signed off on a purchase agreement that obligates BSWR to pay Andover $5,582.50 per acre for the property.

Dickinson said the potential of needing a road easement through the future neighborhood of five or six homes and knowing that these lots would be difficult to build because of the poor soils that will have to be excavated is what factored into the city’s decision to accept $130,000 for five acres of land that will be next to a wetland preservation area.

“We talked to other developers and had been working on letters of intent with others,” Dickinson said. “We felt this was the best offer to bring forward for the city.”

Dickinson said Capstone Homes will be the builder for this site. The Ramsey company has been completing the Parkside at Andover Station housing development well ahead of schedule.

The number of homes in this new Capstone development would be determined after the property is sold and Capstone goes through the formal platting process with the city.

Dickinson said some home construction work could start this year, but wetland restoration probably won’t happen until 2015.

The wetland will be a good amenity for the neighborhood, Dickinson said.

“Property owners will have a known property owner behind it,” Dickinson said in reference to BSWR. “It removes the unknown of what is going to happen with the property.”

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

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