2/9/2018 3:32:00 PM Council preps for projected Lindstrom 2018
construction season of growing up, not out
When Lindstrom city officials got together to talk “growth management” last week, the growth on the agenda was strictly “internal.” City Administrator John Olinger told council at a work session last week that Lindstrom is “growing denser” in 2018, not bigger.
There are multiple construction projects on deck in the city, which if they all get to the breaking ground stage, will bring hundreds of new residences. The “Morning Sun” subdivision north of town on #14 is seeking an okay to re-plat allowing for 50 single family townhomes. The incompleted subdivision across from the Lakes Evangelical Free Church on Olinda Trail looks to be getting its ducks in a row for seven to eight townhomes to finish off “Sunset Meadows.”
Then there are the two large expected projects-- the 87 units at Rose Hill for assisted living, with an EAW out currently for public comment, and the proposed (but could change) 105 apartments on the site of the former Dinnerbel and Meredees. There are four townhomes in the Enchanted Cove project, on the North Lindstrom Lake side of Hwy 8, approved and ready to break ground in spring.
Olinger said the city is “in-filling” at this stage.
Council shouldn’t expect extending utilities or anything major for the upcoming proposals, except if neighboring properties want to benefit from projects’ infrastructure, like those in the vicinity of the Rose Hill site. He said additionally, there are commercial (non residential) development sites also approaching approval stages.
The empty Smith building on the northeast side of St Bridget’s Catholic Church is being eyed as Plastic Products’ headquarters because the office space now at the manufacturing plant (two buildings on either side of Akerson) will be used for expanding the plant. Olinger said the team is meeting now on re-arranging the Smith parking footprint and addressing stormwater handling issues.
Lakes Region EMS needs to relocate its Chisago Base because Fairview Healthcare terminated leases at its clinic campus in Chisago City. (The school district alternative special education program is moving to the middle school, the Outlook Clinic has moved to near Lake Martha.) The ambulance service is probably going to build on a combined lot near Fairview Cemetery, Olinger explained, merging a private parcel -with- a city owned parcel. This is still tentative, however, as there’s a second location Lakes Region EMS continues to assess for pros and cons. The ambulance service has to find a new south-county home in 2018 spring/summer.
A mini-storage complex that’s been approved by the city, off the Highway 8 frontage road Lake Ave, and west of #14, is expected to see four storage units erected in a first phase this summer along with site improvements. There is a rough driveway entering the site now.
And, then there’s the Chisago Lakes Area School District-related projects.
The contractor putting in new tennis and pickleball courts at the middle school got a good start last fall, and will finish this site as soon as warm-up comes.
The high school Community Center addition was scheduled to come before the Lindstrom Planning Commission February 7 seeking a conditional use permit, necessary because the school property is in an R-1 zone, Olinger said.
Lindstrom City Council could be seeing details of the CUP as soon as its February 15 regular meeting.
The discussion right now is about shifting the south parking lot entry to the high school, to the west, to lessen congestion. The city also prefers to see more public parking stalls at the front of the community center (Olinda Trail side) than what’s being shown now.
The Community Center will extend off the south wall of the pool towards the golf course.