Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, Oct. 8, 2001
More development from Howard Lake family
By Lynda Jensen
The robust growth of Howard Lake is no more evident than on the east end of town, where an upscale residential development is being orchestrated by a Howard Lake family, Elloyd and Darlene Hauser.
The Hausers represent a development firm, which is building 218fashionable townhomes located between Sixth Avenue and the waterfront of Mallard Pass Lake.
Elloyd is vice president of T&E Development, which is a collaboration with his nephew, Tim Hauser.
The townhomes, two of which are currently under construction, will be called Orchard Terrace, and can be seen on the way into town on the south side of the highway.
The property was formerly known as the old apple orchard owned by Elloyd Hauser.
The average price tag for the townhomes will be about $200,000, which is one of the more affluent projects being pursued in town, City Administrator Doug Borglund commented.
There are other residential projects for other financial brackets not quite this high, Borglund commented.
The project itself suffered a few setbacks, including the setbacks themselves, Hauser said.
Originally, 25 units were planned, but this was changed to 18 when the Department of Natural Resources declared Mallard Pass Lake an environmentally protected lake, Hauser said.
This meant that instead of having the usual 75-foot setback, it would require 150-foot setbacks, making the number of units drop and changing his plans. It also meant doubling the square foot requirements per lot, Hauser said.
Another wrinkle in the Orchard Terrace approval process was the existence of a single-family home located on the property to be developed.
Hauser had to come up with two different sets of plans, one with and another without the residence. The homeowner, Patty Reinke, opted to stay, which worked just fine, he said
Each lot will have between 10,000 to 20,000 square feet, which is larger than usual. Each townhome will be between 1,350 and 3,300 square feet.
Darlene is making plans for the interior designs of the townhomes as well. Furniture for the model home is being provided by Home Images of Buffalo. She is in the process of buying window treatments.
The townhomes are located just down the street from the Hausers' first home.
Many in Howard Lake are familiar with Hauser's business endeavors, since he's started a total of seven businesses so far.
One business Hauser started in 1970 was Gage Marketing. It was known at the time as Astro Mailers, he said. The Hausers have four children, Carmen, Dawn, Kari, and Bradley.
For more information, call (320) 543-0118 or via the Internet: www.orchard-terrace.com.
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