Lake Elmo OKs first phase of Boulder Ponds development

Houses will be built in I-94 corridor

Boulder Ponds, the newest in a wave of development projects in line for approval in Lake Elmo, was green-lighted by the city council April 21.

Council members moved the project forward by approving a final plat, final planned unit development plan, and zoning map amendment for the first phase of the Boulder Ponds mixed-use housing development to be built in the city's I-94 Corridor Planning Area.

Plans for the development include a 98-unit single-family residential subdivision, a 64-unit multi-family senior housing building, and nine acres of commercial space on 58 acres of land, located immediately east of the Eagle Pointe Business Park and north of Hudson Boulevard.

The business park is near the northeast corner of Inwood Avenue and Interstate 94.

The final plat for the first phase of the Boulder Ponds development approved by the council April 21 includes 27 single-family homes and 20 detached townhomes. The remaining parcel will need to be platted at a later date.

According to the final plat application submitted by the developer, OP4 Boulder Ponds, LLC, the single-family homes would be geared toward families with children, and prices would start around $400,000.

Lot and home sizes will vary. Lots will range from around two-tenths to four-tenths of an acre, and a typical home will be about 2,700 square feet.

The townhome "villas" will be maintained by a homeowners association and geared toward empty nesters with home prices starting around $300,000.

The final plat was approved by the council unanimously, but with one added condition that Sixth Street North be renamed. The street will run a short distance before dead-ending into a residential cul de sac.

Council member Julie Fliflet noted that there are other Sixth Streets in adjacent developments in Lake Elmo. She said having another Sixth Street in Boulder Ponds that does not connect to those would present a public safety issue, because emergency responders may become confused and response times to those homes during an emergency could be delayed.

Mayor Mike Pearson and council member Justin Bloyer objected to the change, stating that public safety specialists have not identified the street name as being an issue. Bloyer said the council needs to trust the experts and said it was not the council's job to be naming streets. The motion to change the street name passed 3-2, with Pearson and Bloyer in dissent.

Grading to level the site began last fall after the council approved the preliminary plat for the project and is nearly completed.

OP4 Boulder Ponds, LLC, project and asset manager Deb Ridgeway told the council utility and street construction would likely begin May 1. The developer plans to have model homes completed in time for the fall Parade of Homes showcase in September.

Joshua Nielsen can be reached at jnielsen@lillienews.com or 651-748-7822. 

 

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