Seven years after being sold for development, changes are proposed for 25 acres primarily occupied previously by Jackson Landscaping, located just west of I-35 and south of County Road 46.
A three-story, 120-unit apartment building with underground parking is planned to be constructed on the property where a small engine repair and rental shop also operated for over 25 years.
Plans also include construction of a four-story, 62,400-square-foot, enclosed self-storage building, and a 12,000-square-foot multi-tenant retail building is proposed to be built later.
The apartment building will include a third-floor community room with a “sky lounge” walk-out deck for residents’ use.
Lakeville City Council members unanimously approved preliminary development plans at its May 15 meeting. Several council members commented on the March neighborhood meeting the developer, Guardian Development Company of Wyoming, held, where the developer successfully addressed about 30 residents’ concerns.
After the meeting, plans were altered to add foliage to shield residents from lights and noise generated by the businesses.
The developers also agreed to limit the sky lounge hours to avoid bothering neighbors with noise that travels across the lake.
Planning Commission Member Brooks Lillehei, who lives in the neighborhood, said at the commission’s May 4 meeting the neighborhood meeting was the best one he has ever attended, and he later made the motion to recommend City Council approval for the project.
Mayor Doug Anderson expressed appreciation to the developers for holding the meeting, calling it “a good way to build relationships.”
Council Member Bart Davis described the property as “extremely difficult” to get it to function in a way that is best for everyone.
“I think just what your team has gone through with staff, I’m really excited to see this project go forward,” Davis said. “You guys did a great job.”
The apartment building will provide life cycle and workforce housing, said Lakeville Associate Planner Frank Dempsey.
He said there were several challenges Guardian Development Company faced with the property over the years, including finding interested buyers to forward their projects.
Dempsey said several concepts were considered before settling on the proposal.
He noted one of the most significant challenges is the property’s location next to Lee Lake, which added environmental regulations, including increased setbacks to the lake, limitations of impervious surfaces and development of storm water basins intended to protect water quality and shoreline aesthetics.
Building exteriors are proposed to feature stucco, stone and brick.
Dempsey said the plans are consistent with the city plans for the land and the surrounding properties, that include Celebration Church and senior housing currently under construction.