Hanover hears more good news about senior housing

Discusses plans for 2nd senior housing site

Plans for one senior housing site in Hanover are advancing, and the city council heard from investors regarding a second senior housing site.

The council also approved a draft agreement for River Rider transportation, and reviewed a draft lease agreement with the Hanover Athletic Association.



In reviewing details for the 6-acre senior housing site located by the Bridges of Hanover development on the city’s Hennepin County side, staff discovered that the Bridges owns an outlot. Part of the outlot would be necessary for access to the senior housing site.

Mayor Chris Kaufman and councilors Wendy Pinor, John Vajda, Doug Hammerseng and Ken Warpula were made aware that an easement would be necessary from the Bridges. Staff was authorized to approach the Bridges homeowner’s association and negotiate an easement.

Staff said the next step would be to move forward with final plans.

“The senior housing owner would dig tomorrow if he could,” administrative assistant Brian Hagen later said. “He is ready to move forward. We’re still on track to start digging and complete construction next year.”

In related news, the council heard from investors of a senior housing site on Fifth Street on the Wright County side. The investors asked for support from the city to better qualify for available funding.

This site would be affordable housing for seniors and possibly other special needs housing. This site would be a little bigger than the Bridges senior housing site.

“The city council is excited,” about the potential site, Hagen said. “The council gave its blessing. They are very excited about both senior housing developments.”



In other news, the council approved a draft agreement for the River Rider transportation group.

Hanover will join the cities of Albertville, St. Michael and Otsego for a joint powers agreement to have River Rider transportation available one day per week beginning in January if not sooner.

River Riders would be a pilot program for three years. Each city pays a portion of costs based on a percentage of population and parcels served. The program is run by Wright and Sherburne River Rider, but the Hennepin County portion of Hanover would be included.



In further matters, the council reviewed a draft lease agreement with members of the Hanover Athletic Association to lease the ball fields at Settlers Park near city hall.

The AA will redevelop the two ball fields into one tournament style field with lights and dugouts. Staff will present a final lease agreement to the council at its Oct. 15 meeting.

Staff said the AA would begin redevelopment of Settlers Park this year so that the new field could be open in time for spring.

The city and AA will continue to discuss plans for field development of the city’s 10-acre undeveloped site located east of the fire hall.

In other action, the council:

HEARD that the Beebe Lake County Rd. 34 trail is on track for full completion this fall. The trail will extend west from County Rd. 19 to Beebe Lake.

OPTED not to move forward with a proposal by the Crow River Organization for Water watershed study. The council didn’t feel like the timing was right.

GAVE staff direction to move forward with architectural plans to remodel the city hall bathrooms and make them more accommodating to bigger crowds for city hall events.


Contact Aaron Brom at aaron.brom@ecm-inc.com