Albertville hopeful for senior housing to begin this summer

152 Club requests outdoor music

The Albertville City Council heard that staff and the Guardian Angels senior care providers are working toward a summer construction start for a 60-unit senior facility.

The council also heard a request from the 152 Club owner to allow outdoor music.



Staff updated the council that it has been working with Guardian Angels to bring senior housing with health care services to the city. Guardian Angels owns a site off County Rd. 18 just west of County Rd. 19 and has been working with Albertville for four years to help facilitate the development. The name of the facility will be Engel Haus, in honor of the region’s German heritage.

“We are happy to report that this summer, Guardian Angels will be pursuing a 60-unit elderly housing project that will include 14 units of memory care with the balance of the units divided between independent living units and assisted living units,” city administrator Adam Nafstad wrote in a memo to the council.

He said the group is working toward a September construction start, with completion by fall 2014.

On the financing side, Nafstad said Guardian Angels will be seeking a tax exempt bond financing from the city to finance building construction. It will also request establishing a housing tax increment financing district over the first project phase. The use of tax increment will be requsted to help reduce project costs.

“City staff met with Guardian Angels several times to outline applications, escrows, city review and utility fees, and project schedule,” Nafstad said. “Guardian Angels hopes to have city council approvals by August.”

He said as the project proceeds the council will face the following “key issues” — Change in land use plan from residential to planned unit development; approval of a site and building design that meets city standards; construction of city infrastructure to serve the site and city at large; council willingness to participate in project financing through conduit bonds and tax increment financing; and city consideration of reducing perk dedication fees to 16 units.

The topic was for discussion only and no further action was required.



In other news, the council heard from the owner of the 152 Club on Main Avenue about possibly revising the city ordinance pertaining to outdoor music.

The current ordinance restricts all outdoor music between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 a.m., with the exception of a twice-per-year temporary permit.

The 152 Club has a band that plays live music inside every Friday, and the owner was questioning if the band could play outside.

The owner said many cities allow music to be played at certain times, and she requested the council to reconsider its noise ordinance that she said is too restrictive.

Mayor Jillian Hendrickson and councilors John Vetsch, Dan Wagner, Larry Sorensen and Rob Olson were open to the possibility of revisiting the noise ordinance. City planner Al Brixius said he would come forward with a potential ordinance revision at the next council meeting.

One proposal was to allow a trial permit for the 152 Club where it could have outdoor music for four weeks, with the condition that the owner communicates with the surrounding neighborhood. If the trial period were successful, then the city could reissue the permit on a monthly basis, restricting hours up to 9 p.m.

If that idea passed, the 152 Club could still have four Fridays in June to host outdoor music.