Albertville moves to approve senior housing

This is the site plan for phase one of a senior housing development in Albertville, at County Rd. 18 and Kassell Avenue. A future phase (to the left) will approximately double the square footage of the campus.
This is the site plan for phase one of a senior housing development in Albertville, at County Rd. 18 and Kassell Avenue. A future phase (to the left) will approximately double the square footage of the campus.

Welcomes Willie McCoy’s bar/restaurant  

The Albertville City Council took steps to approve the city’s largest senior housing development.

The council also granted approval for a new bar restaurant to take over at the former Pubhouse 19 location, and took action on other issues.



Before the council were many approvals to facilitate construction of the Guardian Angels senior housing site on the south side of County Rd. 18 at Kassel Avenue.

These include resolutions and ordinance amendments for land use, zoning, preliminary and final plats, and site and building plans.

The site is presently zoned for low density single family, whereas Guardian Angels is applying for residential special purpose high density.

Staff said the proposal is to build a two-story senior housing campus with a German half-timbered architectural theme entitled “Engel Haus.” Phase one includes a secure wing for 16 memory impaired residents, 14 assisted living apartments, and 30 to 32 apartments for more independent seniors. Services will be provided such as housekeeping, meals, social activities and medical services.

Amenities will include a small bistro cafe, hair salon, and fitness room for exclusive use of residents and employees. A future phase will approximately double the square footage of the campus.

The planning commission and staff recommend approval. Staff specifically noted the following key issues:

• The city has identified senior housing with services as a priority need with in the community, a stated goal in the city’s comprehensive plan.

• The primary use of the site is residential with accessory internal commercial uses for the exclusive use of the residents and employees of Engel house.

• The project will be subject to the zoning standards for the residential special purposes, high density district, ensuring performance standards.

• The site had been disturbed during previous subdivision construction phases and currently contains large mounds of excavated soil. The Engel House proposal will remedy and improve existing conditions.

• It is not anticipated the senior housing campus will negatively impact city services or utilities and would likely result in less traffic than if the site were developed with single family homes.

• Staff recommends the council approve the comprehensive land use plan amendment, zoning map amendment, preliminary/final plat approval, and site and building plans.

Mayor Jillian Hendrickson and councilors Larry Sorensen, Rob Olson and John Vetsch unanimously approved all of the resolutions and ordinance changes necessary to move the development forward.



In other news, up for approval was a liquor license for a new bar/restaurant, Willy McCoy’s, to open in the former Pubhouse 19 location at 5651 LaCentre Ave.

Proprietor Tom DeQuattro is seeking an on-sale intoxicating liquor license, a Sunday sale liquor license and a license through the state to be open until 2 a.m. Staff said the establishment would also use the outdoor seating area. The anticipated opening is mid to late September.

The council was receptive to the new establishment, welcomed DeQuattro to town and wished him success.

Staff said DeQuattro spoke with the fire inspector regarding fire code violations at the property and understands these must be corrected prior to opening.

In his license application, DeQuattro indicated that he also owns Whiskey Jack’s in Ramsey and State Street Pub in Madison, Wis.

In other action, the council:

APPROVED purchasing a 20-foot shelter to be installed at Winter Park for $15,859 on the western border of the city.

APPROVED a fence ordinance amendment to require fence height. Current ordinance text provides fence standards for fences of 42 inches in height,

while supplemental diagrams demonstrate fence standards for fences of 48 inches in height. Ordinance language has been adjusted so that fence standards relate to fences of 48 inches in height so that written text and supplemental diagrams communicate the same fence height requirements. Councilor John Vetsch was opposed.

HEARD that the city reached Wright County’s recycling goal of at least 43 pounds per household per month to receive an additional $10 per ton in grant funds.

HEARD that a new restaurant, El Bamba, located at the old Carbone’s site, is opening in mid-August. The building is currently undergoing numerous upgrades inside and out.