Eagan affordable housing project moves forward

Construction on Riverview Ridge Townhomes is expected to begin this spring

The Dakota County Community Development Agency plans to build a 27-unit townhome complex at Highway 13 and Letendre Street in Eagan as a part of its Family Townhome Project, which is aimed at providing affordable housing for moderate-income families with children under age 18. The program has 19 complexes, two of which are in Eagan. Another is set to open in the spring of 2013. (Photo submitted)

The Dakota County Community Development Agency plans to build a 27-unit townhome complex at Highway 13 and Letendre Street in Eagan as a part of its Family Townhome Project, which is aimed at providing affordable housing for moderate-income families with children under age 18. The program has 19 complexes, two of which are in Eagan. Another is set to open in the spring of 2013. (Photo submitted)

Plans to build an affordable housing development in Eagan are moving forward.

The Eagan City Council on March 19 approved preliminary plans to build a 27-unit affordable housing development called Riverview Ridge Townhomes at Highway 13 and Letendre Street.

The project is an expansion of the Dakota County Community Development Agency’s Family Townhome Project, which is designed for moderate-income families with children under age 18.

“I think we will have a very nice development,” said Mark Ulfers, executive director of the CDA.

Riverview included 28 units when it was first proposed in December, but the CDA cut it back to 27 units to address access and open space concerns. Due to concerns expressed by the property’s neighbors, roads within the development will not connect to Letendre Street, which is a private drive.

CDA officials added a basketball court, and walking and bike paths to address council concerns.

Though they were pleased with the revisions, council members said they hope to see mass transit added to the site.

The CDA currently operates 19 rental townhome complexes under the program, which includes two developments in Eagan. A third is set to open in the summer of 2013.

There are 1,100 families waiting to obtain workforce housing in Eagan, said Kari Gill, deputy executive director of the CDA.

Residents must meet income guidelines, provide good landlord and credit references and pass a criminal background check.

The 4.3-acre property considered for the project currently consists of the former Richfield Blacktop site and two undeveloped lots to the north.

On Tuesday, the council also approved a comprehensive guide amendment and a proposal to rezone the property as planned development.

Construction on the development is expected to begin this spring and be completed by summer 2014.

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