Osseo approves plan for 71-unit apartment building


The Osseo City Council moved forward with the Beard Project, Five Central, during its Monday, Dec. 10 meeting. This project would consist of a three-story apartment unit.

Outgoing Mayor Al Lindquist also received a recognition plaque.



The council moved forward with plans for the Beard Project, Five Central. The project, the formerly known as Block 6, would be located just west of Central Avenue between Fourth and Fifth Streets N.W. (just north of city hall).

The developers, the Beard Group, were before the council to get approval for the preliminary and final plat for a residential planned unit development (PUD). This request includes the demolition of the existing vacant homes at 33 Fifth Street N.W. and 25 Fifth Street N.W.

The Five Central project will include the construction of a 71-unit, three-story 105,187-square-foot apartment building with underground parking. All of these pieces of land will be located on a 1.25-acre parcel.

First, the council the approved the preliminary and final plat for construction of phase 1 of the Five Central project.

Councilor Mark Schulz said, “I want thank Mr. Beard and his family for the recent proposals [from] the joint EDA and Planning Commission. You guys did a very good job answering questions. Sounds like it is incredibly well-thought out and there is a lot of very new and kind of dynamic additions to this program.”

In a related item, the council approved the preliminary PUD by the Beard Group at the Block 6 redevelopment site, subject to 22 conditions.

The project would consist of 71 apartment units, made up of one bedroom/one bath, two bedroom/two bath and three bedroom/two bath. Rents range from $925 for a one bedroom, $1,330 for a two bedroom and $1,800 for a three bedroom. There would also be affordable units within the project, 14 of the 71 units.

Rents for affordable unit range from $794 for a one bedroom, $943 for a two bedroom and $1,083 for a three bedroom. To qualify for an affordable unit, a person’s income cannot exceed 60 percent or 80 percent of the median household income of $83,900.

The proposal for the project has 113 parking spaces, but the required number of parking space by city code would be 124 spaces. The staff reports stated that the on-street parking on the three sides of the development would provide ample parking for the project.

All the apartments — including affordable units — would have granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, solid wood cabinets, full-sized washers and dryers, 9-foot ceilings, and balconies or patios. Some units will have gas fireplaces as well.

The entire building would include amenities for residents. These would be a wi-fi club room, exercise room, BBQ/grilling area, electronically controlled access and on-site storage lockers.

There would also be heated underground parking with 71 stalls, along with 23 exterior garages and 19 spaces of other outside parking.



Councilor Allan Hartkopf made a present to outing Mayor Al Lindquist during the meeting.

“We want to congratulate you for the all work you did for promoting Osseo for all these years,” Hartkopf said.

Hartkopf then presented Mayor Lindquist with a recognition plaque.



In other action, the council:

APPROVED a 2 percent salary increase for non-union full-time city employees. In 2010 and 2011 there were no salary increases. In 2012, these employees received a 1.5 percent increase.

ANNOUNCED there is no council meeting planned for Dec. 24. City offices will also be closed Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 25, as well as on Monday, Dec. 31 and Tuesday, Jan. 1.

CANCELED the public hearing on the removal of parcels from TIF District 2-8 set for Jan. 7. The property owner recently indicated he may explore redevelopment of the property.

ACCEPTED the resignation of Dan Sadler from the Economic Development Authority.