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Lanesboro City Council Report: Update on Church Hill development


Fri, May 7th, 2004
Posted in Features

Northcountry developers Jeff Allman and Warren Kramer updated the Lanesboro City Council on development plans for Church Hill Properties at the regular council meeting held May 3rd. The new plans included an increase from sixteen to twenty-one units for the development. Parking for the cooperative will be moved outside with ten freestanding garages planned for immediate construction and room for future garages reserved. Previously garage space had been set aside within the building. The alley to the south of the building will not be used by the cooperative. The front door will face the north with current sidewalks retained and sections repaired as needed. Developer Allman said, We chose to design around it (the alley) and get along, noting the city was free to do whatever it liked with the alley. Twenty-one parking places are planned for the building in keeping with earlier recommendations of one spot per unit.

The new plan will create a four-story building; each unit will have a gas fireplace, air conditioning, a washer and dryer, and its own furnace. Some units located in the old gymnasium will have thirty-foot, two-story great rooms. Tall windows will take full advantage of the views. Allman commented, We tried to be creative and responsible to the legacy of the building.

Allman shared floor plans of the proposed units that range in size from 820 square feet to 1,350 square feet and in price from $120,000 to $270,000. Other features of the building will include a guest suite for visitors, a meeting room for coop meetings and other gatherings, individual garden plots, and a cobblestone patio.

The new cost of the development was estimated to be $3 million with $250,000 spent on windows alone. All mortar will be tuck-pointed. Sixteen units must be reserved before construction begins. The developers timeline calls for a press conference on May 14th, sales during May and June with construction beginning after that, and owner occupation by Christmas.

Retail Sales in Residential Areas

The Planning and Zoning Commission reconsidered Jennifer Woods request for a retail sale permit for her home at 203 Sheridan. With a three to two vote with one abstaining, the Commission had voted to grant the permit. Neighbor Stephanie Waldo then brought her concerns about retail business in a residential neighborhood to the council.

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Commissioners Report: Board continues discussion on additional Zoning staff

Fri, May 7th, 2004
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As the demand for zoning permits continues to increase in the county, and the need for visiting each site to determine that county requirements are being met, has forced the county board to review options that would provide additional zoning office h ..... 
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Preston comes together to assist at accident

Fri, May 7th, 2004
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Today (Thursday, May 6) I had the unfortunate experience of being one of the first on the scene of a horrible accident on Hwy 52 by Citgo in Preston. After doing what little I could to help, I stood nearby praying Godspeed for the individuals involve ..... 
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Behind the scenes at the Minnesota Book Awards

Fri, Apr 30th, 2004
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ST. PAUL - Minnesota has a rich literary heritage. We have our share of big names, like F.Scott Fitzgerald, Sinclair Lewis, Robert Bly, and Tim OBrien. But the big names only represent the surface of all the books written, and being written, in Minn ..... 
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County asks judge for reconsideration in zoning case

Fri, Apr 30th, 2004
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PRESTON - Fillmore County Attorney Brett Corson has written a letter to Judge Robert Benson asking the court to allow the county to file a motion to reconsider the judges decision in the Slabaugh case.

Motions to reconsider ar ..... 
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Zumbro Valley Medical Society calls for EIS on Heartland

Fri, Apr 30th, 2004
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ROCHESTER - The Zumbro Valley Medical Society, which represents the counties of Fillmore, Olmsted, Dodge and Houston, is the latest organization to call on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to conduct an environmental impact statement (EI ..... 
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Commentary

Fri, Apr 30th, 2004
Posted in Features

I finally sorted one of my many junk drawers out last month. Some of what was in the drawer old markers, a few pens that didnt work, and a huge eraser Ill never use was just that: junk. Atop the pile, though, lay wads of paper and plastic label ..... 
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Commissioners Report: Phase II construction underway

Fri, Apr 30th, 2004
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Every change order is important. Were looking out for your interests, looking to ward off future problems, defended Dean Sand, Construction Analysis Management, Inc. (CAM) as additional change orders were presented at Tuesdays county board meetin ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Flows cash and water top council concerns

Fri, Apr 30th, 2004
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Tom Wente of Smith, Schaffer and Associates appeared before the Rushford City Council Monday night, April 26 to present the citys financial statement and summary and discuss the citys cash flow.

Wente pointed out that propert ..... 
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