St. Michael revisits Anton Village, approves downtown apartments

At its Feb. 9 meeting, the St. Michael City Council revisited the Anton Village development and approved of downtown apartments by RISE Modular.

Council members also spoke with the folks over at St. Michael Cinema about expanding their outdoor events during COVID, and decided to put out a call for a new building inspector.

Last March, the City Council approved the final plat and PUD plan for the Anton Village development. Once the COVID-19 pandemic hit, however, developers chose to hit pause on the project.

Located at the northeast corner of County Road 119 and Jamison Avenue, Anton Village is set to include 335 single family lots and a park with baseball fields. The project will include new roads, trails, stormwater ponds and the installation of municipal sewer and water systems.

Community Development Director Marc Weigle said these reintroduced plans are similar to the previously approved plans, the exception being that the 55’ wide lots have been converted to 65’ lots to accommodate two single family builders that have committed to the project. According to Weigle, the Planning Commission recommended approval of these plans on a 7-0 vote.

The council did raise concerns over traffic patterns surrounding the development, and staff shared that the county also expressed similar concerns. As a result, the developer will be required to build a roundabout to slow traffic and provide a median for pedestrians.

The council ultimately moved to approve the revised final plat and PUD plan for the Anton Village development.

RISE Modular, an Owatonna-based construction company, submitted their preliminary plans for a 788,000 square foot project east of City Hall near Town Center Drive.

This RISE development is set to have a total of 82 units, with 51% as single bedroom units. RISE also plans to construct three other future structures as part of its phased development.

Common spaces, fitness areas and a range of studios to three bedrooms units are anticipated for this first building, in addition to ample parking for the constructed units.

Weigle said that the Planning Commission discussed parking, landscaping, unit mix and storage at their meeting, and ultimately recommended approval on a 7-0 vote. Before the meeting, Councilor Ryan Gleason requested a parking comparison to other projects in town, and Weigle shared a chart showing that this project “has more parking stalls per bedroom than the previous three Sand Companies projects.”

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