Herald JournalHerald Journal, Feb. 17, 2003

Another housing development in the works for Lester Prairie

By Julie Yurek

Nearly 100 more families may be able to call Lester Prairie home, now that another housing development is in progress.

Lenny and Linda Juncewski brought preliminary plans to the Lester Prairie City Council last Monday night to get its approval, which it gave.

The development would be located on the east side of McLeod County Road 9, near the intersection of County Road 9 and Central Avenue.

Juncewski is looking to sell lots for $25,000 each, he said. He compared it to the development Pheasant Run in Winsted, which he also built. Houses will probably be in the $150,000 range, he said.

Juncewski also asked the council to consider paying for the extension of the water and sewer line to the intersection. He would pay for it from there, he said.

It would cost the city approximately $100,000 for the extension, Juncewski said.

Neither the council members nor the mayor had any objections to the city extending the line.

However, with the talk of more housing being added to the city, Dan Wroge, plant manager of the Lester Prairie Water and Waste Water Treatment Plant, told the council it may have to start looking at expanding the plant.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) approved the city only for Prairie Ridge's 180 home development, said City Clerk Marilyn Pawelk.

There are a few options the city has, she said. It can amend the permit to the MPCA, shift some units from Prairie Ridge to Juncewski's development, or expand the plant.

The option to shift would allow 140 homes to be built in Prairie Ridge for now, and let Juncewski have the remaining 40 units, Wroge said. If the permit is amended or the plant is expanded, both sites can continue building.

Once Prairie Ridge is full, the city would have to start thinking about expanding even without the Juncewski project. It'd just be happening sooner rather than later, Wroge said.

Juncewski is looking at two to five years before the development is full, he said.

The city could start the plans now so the plant would expand in four years, Angvall said.


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