Herald JournalHerald Journal, March 7, 2005

New development could add almost 300 homes south of Winsted

By Ryan Gueningsman
Staff Writer

From farmland to front yards, Winsted will soon be seeing another large housing development sprouting up south of town.

Winsted City Council approved a conceptual plan for the Lueck Farm Development March 1 that calls for 120 townhomes, 41 detached townhomes, and 128 single-family homes. The proposed development would be located on Alice Lueck’s farm, south of Winsted, on McLeod County Road 1.What's in it for YOU?

Trailhead Land Development from Big Lake is planning to develop the 114-acre parcel, with its next step being the annexation process, said Winsted City Administrator Brent Mareck. Two separate resolutions will need to be received – one from Winsted Township, and the other from the city.

“After we get the township’s resolution, the city has a public hearing, and officially annexes the property,” Mareck said. From there, it will go to the state for final transition. Trailhead is hoping to begin some construction this fall, if everything goes according to plan.

Mayor Don Guggemos is taking the information to the Winsted Township board March 10, which will “put the wheels in motion to get it into the city,” he said.

“I think it’s a good addition to the city,” Guggemos said. “I’m really looking forward to working with these people. They seem to be very concerned about having amenities such as walking and park areas, since it’s so far out of town.”

On the conceptual plat, there are multiple accesses off McLeod County Road 1, as well as no planned cul de sacs in the development.

There are also three park/community areas, along with two “open space” areas. Berming and landscaping is shown on the conceptual plan on the north side of the property to create a buffer zone for any future industrial development.

The planning commission accepted the concept plan, and made one comment that the preliminary plat should show sidewalk and boulevard development.

The park commission also accepted the concept plan with several recommendations, including having one, large centralized park, and making sure there were no trail-ways in backyards.

The development proposal will come before the Winsted Township Board Thursday, March 10 at 8 p.m. at the Winsted council chambers.

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