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Rush Creek Apartments PUD Development Stage Plan Final Plat Approved by Maple Grove City Council

Dec 14, 2017 07:16PM ● By Wendy Erlien

Proposed Rush Creek Apartments site. (graphics provided by city of Maple Grove)

Plans for a new apartment building near the western area of Bass Lake Road and County Road 101 are continuing forward with the resolution approval of the Rush Creek Apartments PUD Development Stage Plan Final Plat by the Maple Grove City Council at the Dec. 4 meeting.

The two-phase development would begin in spring 2018 with the south parcel, 236-unit building at the western area of the Bass Lake Road (County Road 10) and County Road 101 intersection, according to a memo from Kaas Wilson Architects on behalf of Rush Creek Apartments LLC presented at the Nov. 20 Maple Grove City Council meeting, 

 “Each building will include a full package of amenities, available to all residents. A large, open lobby with direct access to resident mail as you walk in as well as offices and management support being immediately accessible. Fitness centers, club rooms, and rooftop gathering spaces. With ample garage space, residents will have access to additional storage spaces outside of their own unit,” Kaas Wilson Architects shared in the memo. “Within the units, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances highlight a list of high quality interior finish materials. Residents will have access to in unit washer/dryer units so no common area laundry spaces are needed.”

Units are projected to include anywhere from a 600-square foot studio to 1,390 square foot bedroom plus den as well as an underground garage and street parking.

The second phase, up to 86 units, could begin in spring 2019. However, would be reviewed with a separate development stage plan.

At the Nov. 20 meeting, City Planner Peter Vickerman discussed the site history and the mixed-use plan for the area.

Among the issues regarding the application, discussed at the Nov. 20 meeting, included inquires about the watershed district, wetlands on the property, and trails. Watershed approval has yet to obtained. Mayor Mark Steffenson requested further explanation about the wet area on the property.

“During the construction of the roads, there was some water backed up and never a full storm water system that was developed out there. Some of that wet area is wetland, some is land that was flooded because there is no way for that water to get out of there,” Vickerman said. “Once that gets drained to its final level and graded to its final level, the wetlands aren’t going to be touched.”

Plans include, according to a memo provided to the city council, a 10-foot trail easement along County Road 101.

The resolution passed unanimously by the Maple Grove City Council Dec. 4, subject to the applicant addressing several items outlined by the city.

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