The Blaine City Council July 10 gave preliminary approval for 25 more single family homes within The Lakes housing development.
According to a staff report from Planning and Community Development Director Bryan Schafer, the new neighborhood called The Enclave will be built by Gorham Custom Homes, Hedberg Homes, Regency Homes and SW Wold Builders. It will be located along 123rd Court on the southeast corner of 125th Avenue and Cloud Drive. Gorham Development, LLC, which has been involved in The Lakes since it was first conceived a decade ago, will be the lead developer of this project.
Mayor Tom Ryan has fond memories of working on his father’s sod farm in this area that has since seen a lot of new development including Northpoint Elementary and Edgewood Senior Living, for example.
“If you look at what we’ve done with the changes of the school and the surrounding buildings around it, it fits well in there,” Ryan said of the housing development. “We have a lot of experience with Gorham Development. They’ve done a great job, and I have no fear with this. It’s a beautiful site, and I think it’s going to be terrific when it’s done.”
Schafer said this development includes five parcels that in 2006 were rezoned to I-2 heavy industrial due to their proximity to other heavy industrial users. In 2014, the property was rezoned to I-1 light industrial because of the proximity to other homes in The Lakes. The property owner has not been able to find industrial users for this site, however.
The council would still need to approve a final plat at a later date, but it unanimously approved the preliminary plat along with a conditional use permit, a comprehensive land use plan amendment and a rezoning from I-1 light industrial to development flex to get the ball rolling.
Schafer said a berm will be constructed that will be higher on the west side and additional trees will be planted throughout a buffer area between this new housing development and the nearby users that have outside storage, including Nitti Roll-Off and Malmborg’s Garden Center and Greenhouse.
The minimum square footage of the homes would be 1,600 square feet above ground and the price range would be $425,000 to $600,000.
Once these 25 homes in the 59th addition of The Lakes are completed, Schafer said 2,661 homes would have been built in The Lakes. He said the 1,000-acre housing development will have about 2,700 housing units when completed. The master plan in 2003 estimated closer to 3,300 housing units.
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