The Maple Grove City Council approved the first steps for the Arbor Lakes Memory Care facility at its Monday, Dec. 2 meeting.
The council also moved forward with the completion project of Hwy. 610 and hosted the 2014 budget hearing.
Here are some of the meeting’s highlights.
Community Development Director Dick Edwards presented the council with a planned unit development (PUD) – development stage plan for the construction of the Arbor Lakes Memory Care. This will be a two-story, 46-unit memory care facility that will be part of the Arbor Lakes Senior Living Campus. This project area is located south of 81st Avenue, west of Hemlock Lane and east of Lakeview Drive N.
The project design will almost identical in form and function to the existing senior living facility. This facility will include 36 studio and 10 one-bedroom residential units, a commercial kitchen, community dinning and activity spaces, two solariums, four spas and nursing stations. Outdoor areas provided will be a courtyard, memory garden, covered front porch and second-floor terrace.
The building’s materials will be similar to those of the Arbor Lakes Senior Living facility.
Councilor Phil Leith asked what the timeline was for the project. Architect John Harris said construction would be started in the spring and the project would take nine to 10 months to complete.
The council directed the city attorney to draft a resolution approving the PUD development stage plan of the Arbor Lakes Memory Care, including site plan and all attendant supporting documents and the final plat of Arbor Lakes Memory Care, subject to several conditions.
Hwy. 610 project
The council also adopted a resolution establishing the Hwy. 610 project and authorized condemnation proceedings for acquisition of permanent street right-of-way, and/or temporary construction easements across property needed for the Hwy. 610 project.
This action will begin proceedings to acquire right-of-way associated with the 105th Avenue element of the project. This corridor will eventually accommodate traffic that is currently on 101st Avenue. The city had to acquire a parcel of land owned by Mohamad Moussa and because of the aggressive work schedule for the project, it was suggested the council authorize condemnation proceedings in a timely manner.
The project will complete Hwy. 610 from where it ends now at County Road 81 to Interstate 94. Construction will begin in 2014.
Councilor Leann Sargent said she wanted to “acknowledge all the work that the mayor and staff and state that everybody has done.” She added, “We are finally getting Hwy. 610.”
2014 Budget Hearing
In other action, the council conducted the 2014 budget hearing. Finance Director Jim Knutson addressed the council with the proposed 2014 budget, which totals $35,270,300 or a 2.19 percent increase over the 2013 budget.
Knutson said the city continues to experience a fairly rapid development and population growth. The city’s population is expected to exceed 65,650 in 2014, which is about a 50 percent increase since 1995.
He added the property tax levy is proposed to increase by 2.26 percent over the 2013 levy. The property taxes in the city provide a majority of the funding for the general fund (83 percent).
Cost saving measures have been implemented, which include the elimination of two positions, reducing from full-time to three-quarter time two other positions, delaying rehiring upon retirements and resignations, participating in group purchasing program and taking advantage of the current interest rate by refinancing debt.
The impact on the average home (valued at $239,000) will see a property tax increase of about $0.72.
The council will adopt the budget and tax levy for 2014 at its Monday, Dec. 16 meeting.