Hanover ‘excited’ for senior housing at Bridges

The Hanover City Council received an update about the Greenhouse senior housing site planned for the Bridges of Hanover area.

The council also heard an athletic facility plan update, and heard a presentation about the Crow River Watershed needs.



Staff members reported that they recently visited with representatives of the proposed Greenhouse senior housing site which will be located at the Bridges of Hanover neighborhood on the Hennepin County side of the city.

Staff said the city and developer are “excited” to proceed.

“We’re coming forward with more in depth plans, what the finished product will look like,” administrative assistant Brian Hagen later said.

Open houses for the project are being planned for mid to late October, with a timeline to break ground in spring.

“We’re working on the next steps and final layout,” Hagen said. “The site plan will be done soon.”

The phase one is for the first of two buildings to be constructed, for assisted living. About 10 to 12 units will be constructed in the first building.



In other news, the council continued discussion about the Hanover Athletic Association working with the city for future athletic facility planning.

This includes the city-owned, 10-acre site located east of the fire hall. The proposal is to redo the fields at Settlers Field into one regulation field and set up a long-term lease agreement with the association. Then the other 10 acres would be used for multiple use fields, with a goal of having 10 fields total.

“This fall and next spring hopefully Settlers Park will be redone,” administrative assistant Hagen said. “If all goes well the plan is to go forward next summer on the 10 acres and get that going.”



In further matters, the council heard from the Crow River Organization of Water (CROW).

CROW is looking to team with Crow River cities to improve the watershed and water quality. CROW wants to invest in a study to determine the watersheds of Hanover and how to improve them. It would be submitting a cost plan and then pursuing larger grant funding opportunities.

The council anticipates taking up the item at its Oct. 1 regular council meeting.

In other action, the council:

DISCUSSED the capital improvement plan that looks at equipment and roads that will be due for improvement and what can be upgraded. Discussion included long-term public works needs. Another area of need was to remodel the city hall bathrooms.