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Housing Study completed in Fillmore County


Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
Posted in Features

A comprehensive housing study of Fillmore County, commissioned by Bluff Country HRA, was unveiled at a public meeting on Tuesday, January 14.

The report, conducted by Maxfield Research of Minneapolis, presents a picture of the present housing situation, analyzes the need for housing by geographical markets and looks at the projected demand for types of housing over the next five years.

The report is broken up into five major housing markets: Spring Valley, Chatfield, Rushford, Preston-Lanesboro, and Harmony-Mabel.

Some of the key demographic findings were:

•Spring Valley is the largest market area with 6,153 persons and 2,423 households as of 2000;

•Rushford is the smallest market area with 3,347 persons and 1,303 households as of 2000;

•Between 2000 and 2010, the Chatfield Market Area is expected to add the most persons and households; and

•The Preston-Lanesboro Market Area is expected to grow the least.

(For more findings, see summary of Comprehensive Assessment of Housing Needs for Fillmore County, Page 2).

The research looked into the for-sale, rental and senir housing needs in the county through 2010 as determined by proejcted changes in population.

Some of the recommendations coming out of the report included the development of a number of housing units county-wide:

•Single-family homes: 250-280 homes;

•For-sale ownhomes: 80-90 units;

•Independent Senior Apart-ments: 150-160 units;

•Assisted Living: 50-60 units;

•Rental Apartments: 50-60 units;

•Rental Townhomes: 35-40 units.

Additional recommendations were made specific to each market area.

Jeremy LaCroix, Executive Director of Bluff Country HRA said that the report is an important step in meeting the future housing demands in Fillmore County.

“As far as the HRA is concerned, the report will allow us to prioritize what needs to be done in Fillmore County and devise ways to respond,” LeCroix said.

The research project was funded in part by a grant from the Minnesota Housing Partnership, as well as contributions from Fillmore County, the cities of Fountain, Lanesbor .....
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Harmony Council sorts through administrator applications

Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
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The Harmony City Council moved forward with the sorting of applications for the vacated city administrator position at Tuesday evening’s meeting. Joel Dhein had given his notice at the December meeting, saying he had accepted a position in Mora, MN, ..... 
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Rushford Liquor License fees reduced

Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
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"Do we expect special treatment? Yes, we do!" exclaimed American Legion representative Dennis Peterson as he addressed the Rushford City Council Monday night at the January 13th meeting, asking them to consider a reduction in liquor license fees for ..... 
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Board expects challenging year

Fri, Jan 10th, 2003
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Editor’s note: Fifth District Commissioner Marc Prestby is the 2003 chairman of the Fillmore County Board. Journal editor John Torgrimson talked with Prestby about the issues facing county government in the next year. The following is a summary of th ..... 
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Fillmore County Board approves building design

Fri, Jan 10th, 2003
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Tuesday, January 7 marked the beginning of what could be a very rocky year for the county’s Commissioners as a 4.5 billion-dollar deficit looms over the state.

"It might not be a fun year," stated Marc Prestby, the board’s newl ..... 
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Court hears zoning dispute in Canton Township

Fri, Jan 10th, 2003
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Judge Robert Benson heard oral arguments in Fillmore County District Court on Tuesday, January 7 regarding a zoning dispute between Eli Slabaugh of rural Canton and Fillmore County.  In October, the court imposed a restrainin ..... 
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Preston Council tables decision on Heartland permit

Fri, Jan 10th, 2003
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On Monday night, the Preston City Council tabled any decision on whether to rescind a conditional use permit issued to Heartland Energy & Recycling energy plant until they have had time to discuss the matter with lawyers from the League of Minnesota ..... 
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Lanesboro Council occupied with Church Hill contract and Police Chief concerns

Fri, Jan 10th, 2003
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The January 6th meeting of the Lanesboro City Council began with the swearing in of newly elected Mayor Steve Rahn and Council members Joe O’Connor, Kevin Drake, and Jerome Halvorson.

The new council jumped into the city’s busi ..... 
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Fresh faces join Preston City Council

Fri, Jan 10th, 2003
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Three new people sat around the table Monday, January 6 , for the first meeting of the Preston City Council in the new year. Mayor pro-temp Mike Gartner presided while Fred Nagle, the city administrator, swore in council members Heath Mensink and Mic ..... 
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