Just What We Need; More Town Homes
By Andrew Richter
Brooklyn Park decided that they don’t have enough town homes
Astra Ventures plans to revive a Brooklyn Park housing development that stalled after the housing market crash of 2008. In 2006, the city council approved a 331-unit town home development called Wickford Village, located north of Highway 610 and west of Regent Avenue. Centex Homes built 138 units in 26 buildings but abandoned the project in 2010 due to market conditions.
Now the property owner, Astra Ventures, has preliminary approval to continue construction of a revised project. Instead of 331 units, the new plan calls for 265 units, including 42 single-family homes. The single-family homes will be in the area around the central park, as well as the southwestern portion of the site. Houses along Wickford Parkway will have rear-loading garages, while other homes will have front-loading garages.
Other parts of the site will include three-story, split-entry row homes, similar to those originally approved and built. In addition to building the third park included in the original plan, the developer will also construct a dog park, which was requested by existing residents.
Astra Ventures representative Rob Wachholz told the city council July 22 that the property is “a great parcel of land to work with” and suggested construction of the proposed units could help attract more businesses and other development to the city.
Brooklyn Park Planning Director Cindy Sherman told the council the project seemed to be a good fit and to have resident support. “It appears the neighborhood is happy, and it feels like it’s a win-win to get the project moving again,” Sherman said.
Well, at least Brooklyn Park actually consults their residents….maybe they should do that when it come to light rail!
The city council unanimously approved on first reading the revised plan and preliminary plat for the development. Wachholz did not return calls for comment on the timing of the project. Sherman said the developer indicated it wanted to move through the approval process as quickly as possible so it could begin construction.
Why does every city build the same things??