New Hope City Council Eyes Redevelopment

November 2, 2011 at 3:44 pm 1 comment

No it’s not Crystal, this time it’s New Hope!

From the sun post;

Development and redevelopment planning is back on the front burner in New Hope. The New Hope City Council on Oct. 10 took steps to move ahead with development on the Bass Lake Road Apartment site, and also to continue discussion on possible acquisition of a building and soccer fields now owned by Robbinsdale Area Schools on the 7900 block of 55th Avenue North.

Regarding the Bass Lake Road site, the council authorized city staff to proceed with requesting proposals for potential redevelopment of the former Bass Lake Road Apartments site at 8400 and 8420 Bass Lake Road, and 8401, 8411 and 8421 58th Avenue North. The site has been identified as a high priority for redevelopment since the New Hope Economic Development Authority purchased the five parcels and demolished the buildings in 2008.S

So the New Hope EDA purchased this property and demolished it three years ago?  Why did they do this? And what, it’s been sitting there ever since? Oh now it’s a high priority!

“Now, with the housing market showing signs of growth, the City Council discussed at its Sept. 19 work session the possibility of seeking a redevelopment partner,” said a memo to the council from Community Development Assistant Eric Weiss and Curtis Jacobsen, director of Community Development.

Signs of life?  Where exactly?  Here’s an idea; why don’t you get out of the real estate business!

The City Council favors senior housing on the site, according to the memo, “although it was suggested that all high-density housing proposals would be considered.” Because the site is zoned residential, Jacobsen said, it would have to be redeveloped as apartments, condos, or senior apartments in a market-rate building, rather than subsidized units. “Subsidized units just won’t pay the freight,” Jacobsen said. Councilmember Dan Stauner noted that soil conditions on the site may limit future development there “without very expensive work.”

Of course, high density housing.  Cram as many people as possible into a small area and tax, tax, tax!

Jacobsen said the city has discussed helping with pilings to make the redevelopment work. “It depends on how much they pay, the number of units and how much the city is willing to put in,” Jacobsen said. The council also authorized city staff to continue discussions with Robbinsdale District 281 Area Schools regarding possible acquisition of the 5.69-acre Winnetka Learning Center property and the 10-acre adjacent soccer fields at 7940 55th Ave. N.

You have to love the thought of one form of government purchasing land from another form of government!  Either way it’s on our back and remember these are the same people who are saying the housing market is recovering! If that is true then let’s see other bids!!

Following the recommendations of its Divestiture Committee, District 281 earlier determined it would move programs out of the building following the 2011-12 school year and put the building and property on the market. “The city has long considered the site for potential redevelopment,” said the Community Development Department’s memo to the council. Jacobsen told the council the school district “doesn’t have another good offer at this point.” “It’s now a non-taxable property, and we have the opportunity to put it back on the tax rolls,” Councilmember Andy Hoffe said.

Yes councilman, get it on that land on the tax roles so you can spend, spend, spend!

The site has been identified as a redevelopment target area in New Hope’s 2030 Comprehensive Plan, according to the memo. Staff has recommended that the City Council consider using tax increment financing funds to purchase the property.

Ah yes…’s tax increment funding.  That’s where the council takes your money, spends it (or as they would say “invests it”), all to make more tax dollars for themselves.

Is it this way in every city??


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Jesse  |  November 3, 2011 at 8:16 am

    “The City Council favors senior housing on the site, according to the memo, “although it was suggested that all high-density housing proposals would be considered.””

    There WAS high-density housing there- until they burned it down and bull-dozed it!!


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