Mounds View council tables decision regarding workforce housing complex

Approval of preliminary plat will be postponed until August 14, development review also on agenda

The Mounds View City Council tabled the item regarding the approval of a preliminary plat for a potential MWF Properties LLC development at the July 24 meeting.

An aerial view of the proposed workforce housing complex by MWF Properties LLC located on the corner of Mounds View Boulevard and Groveland Road. Residents have expressed concern with increased traffic onto Groveland and its intersection onto Mounds View Boulevard. (Graphic provided by the City of Mounds View)

The property is located at the northwest corner of Mounds View Boulevard and Groveland Road. MWF Properties has proposed the development of a 60-unit workforce housing apartment complex. The proposed project will consist of workforce housing units, which are designed for moderate-income, working class families, often residents in entry-level positions, food service, retail or seniors. These homes are aimed at households that earn a maximum of 60 percent of the area’s median income.

The approval of the preliminary plat is the third step of a four step process. This step would combine the current four lot property into one. The final step is the approval of a development review, which is the actual approval of the apartment building.

At the July 24 meeting, two council members, Bill Bergeron and Al Hull, were absent due to illness. The three-member council decided to table the approval of the preliminary plat until the August 14 meeting, when the discussion of the development review will also be held.

The first two steps of the process were approved by the council at the May 8 meeting. The first step was to rezone the properties into R4 High Density Residential District and second was the approval of a conditional use permit on the condition that MWF conducts a traffic study on the area.

Traffic concerns

Increased traffic has been a concern for many residents that live in the area.

Currently there is a plan to allow a vehicle access point located on Groveland Road on the east side of the building. MWF had originally proposed for the property to have access onto Mounds View Boulevard, but Ramsey County had indicated that they would not approve the access point.

“My biggest concern with this project is traffic,” Council member Gary Meehlhause said at the meeting. “Its the people that want to go east on Mounds View Boulevard that concern me. Its those people turning left off of Groveland.”

Meehlhause said he personally avoids turning left onto Mounds View Boulevard and would like to see a stop light at the corner of Groveland and Mounds View Boulevard.

“That would be safest for any traffic going onto that street, even today,” Meehlhause said.

Although the council and residents briefly discussed the traffic study results at the meeting, traffic-related issues will be further delved into at the August 14 meeting as this relates to the development review step. The development review focuses on how the land is used, the location, appearance of the building, parking, landscaping and traffic.

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