For the 100-plus people who packed the
“Ask, is this right for Hermantown?” said fourth-generation resident
The council voted down a development plan for a four-story, 103-unit senior living complex, 16 townhouse units plus 18 single-family homes all on a 10-acre lot just across the road from
“Growth is painful. The prospect of change sometimes brings out fear in people,” he said. “There is room for compromise here. I don’t think anyone is against senior housing or mixed housing.”
The proposal called for 18 memory care units and 25 assisted living units, with all but the single-family homes reserved for residents 55 and up. About 250 residents were anticipated in total.
“It’s a shame they tabled this with such a shortage in the market,” he said.
The number of
The total population of the county is projected to shrink slightly in that time.
Some residents, and a representative from a competing senior living facility, argued there are ample options available locally and that in-home health care will be part of the answer.
Others argued there is not a trained workforce available to safely support assisted living.
Still others said the building would be an eyesore, that it would increase traffic, that it would strain emergency services, that it doesn’t fit the rural character of that part of town, and that it would be a better fit closer to the city’s commercial corridor along
The city would not have provided any direct incentives or financial assistance, and the development was expected to bring in
Council members all said they supported the goals of the project but, as the 3-2 vote proved, not its design.
“I am all for this development, I am all for mixed development on this site, but I think this is too much on the site,” said council member
Much of the room broke out in applause after the vote.
While walking out of
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