BY GABE LICHT
DELANO, MN After 15 years in the making, the fourth and final addition of the Clover Springs neighborhood will be developed.
A total of 33 new homes are planned for the new development west of Third Street West.
History of Clover Springs
The Clover Springs neighborhood was first platted in 2000. At that time, the entire 80 acres was preliminary platted, and then each development area received final plat approval in a phased process.
The fourth addition was platted in 2006.
It was originally owned by developer Ecklund Swedlund. In 2010, Sparky Real Estate Investments owned the property and developed a plan for a park by the water tower in the third addition.
That park freed up more space in the fourth addition to allow the new developer, Uppal Group, to build on 33 lots.
Plans for the development
Naresh Uppal, of Uppal Group, said he “randomly drove out to Delano” more than two years ago.
“I said, ‘This is a nice area,’” Uppal said.
He first built 13 houses in the Fox Meadow neighborhood, and has been working with city staff on plans for Clover Springs since winning a bid and buying the development.
“I reassured them this is my first development and I’m going to make sure it’s done right, with a trail in the back of the lots connecting back to the rest of Delano,” Uppal said. “We’re not just developing the land; we’re going to be building the homes.”
The homes will primarily be two-story higher-end houses. They will range in size from 2,550 square feet above ground or about 3,500 square feet including the basement to 3,000 square feet above ground or about 4,000 square feet including the basement.
Most will be walkouts, many with a view of a pond or wetlands. Prices are expected to range from $359,900 to $399,900.
Four different layout plans will be available. All will have four bedrooms, a master suite bathroom, an additional bathroom, and a laundry room upstairs, with the larger models also having a den upstairs.
Homes built at 920 Savannah Trail and 936 Sundrop Ct. will serve as model homes.
Uppal Group is now taking lot holds in the fourth addition of Clover Springs.
Development will begin in the fall, with the construction of a road and installation of utilities and lighting.
Home construction is slated to begin in the spring, with the entire project expected to take two years and cost $14 million.
City Administrator Phil Kern said the city is looking forward to seeing the project completed.
“It’s exciting to see the neighborhood completed,” Kern said. “There’s going to be some very nice lots in the fourth phase. Overall, it will contribute very nicely, once it’s completed, to the Clover Springs neighborhood.”
Meet the developer
Uppal, 31, not only owns Uppal Group, which will be developing the lots, but also Advanced Home, which will be building the homes. Advanced Home is a member of the Builders Association of the Twin Cities and has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
In 1974, his parents came from India to Minnesota, where his dad earned his master’s degree at what was then Mankato State University and became an insurance agent.
With strict parents, Uppal learned the value of hard work. He began a lawn-mowing business at the age of 13 and, at the age of 16, worked 30-plus hours per week as a pharmacy tech.
“My parents wanted me to go to pharmacy school,” Uppal said.
He got into real estate instead, buying his first house at the age of 19.
“When I bought that house, I was working overnights at what’s now Coborn’s Delivers, while doing a sales job for a construction company,” Uppal said. “I learned a lot about construction with no construction background.”
When he was 22 or 23, he began flipping houses. Since then, he has flipped more than 80 homes, and he owns more than 50 rental properties in the Twin Cities area.
He built his first home in 2011, in Brooklyn Park, and has built more than 50 homes since then.
He and his girlfriend, Jen, reside in Minnetonka. The couple is expecting their first child in January.