Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, Aug. 20, 2001

After construction dust settles, Waverly will be looking good

By Lynda Jensen

Waverly will look different after the dust of Highway 12 construction settles this year, following a wave of development, and planned facelifts to existing businesses.

New banners will adorn the street lights, much like the ones in Cokato, Waverly Clerk Deb Ryks said.

The number of street lights will increase from seven to 28, located on both sides of the road, she said.

"It will be nice after the new highway comes through," commented Councilor Gary Olson at the city council meeting.

Mark's Conoco will be expanding into a cafe, convenience store, car wash and gas service. Owner Mark Karels applied for a variance to install a new canopy as well.

The city is also considering expansion of the off sale part of the Waverly Municipal Liquor Store.

The Citizens State Bank of Waverly is also in the process of giving its Waverly office a facelift with a new parking lot, new canopy, and landscaping. It already expanded its Montrose office into full service, Kim Jackson of the bank said.

A new electronic sign will be installed at the bank as well, he said.

New Beginnings is also planning on a new addition, planning and zoning officer Adrian Duske said.

New business is also something that is sweeping Waverly, with five new businesses opening doors last year, RMW Embroidery, Metro West Irrigation, Wright Laser, Attorney John T. Peterson, and Mike Gagnon, who is a financial advisor for American Express.

The city is selling lots along the north and south side of the railroad for commercial development, since it purchased them this spring.

Metro West will be building a new building on one of the railroad lots.

There also appears to be a boom with residential development, with three projects going on, Ryks said.

The second phase of Summerfields is in progress, she said.

Summerfields contains about 29 single family houses, which will balloon into 180 homes when fully developed.

Another development is located at Carrigan Lake, which will be a mixture of townhomes and single family houses, Ryks said.

There is also senior housing in the works, with the purchase of the lot west of Waverly Community Homes by the Economic Development Association. The EDA has an interested developer to construct senior housing.

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