Development plans to break ground in spring
Country Garden Villas hosted an open house for potential buyers and curious minds on Sunday in St. Paul. The new 55+ housing development plans to bring comfort, convenience and a little luxury to adult living developments. The open house gave people a peek inside what the homes would look like, what services would be available on site; as well as, answered a number of questions regarding the development itself.
Pre-sales are currently open, says CEO of Country Garden Villas, Dixie Dahlstedt. “We do own the title on the land,” 18 acres, located north of Grace Gardens funeral home, the ground breaking is expected for mid-April, “with anticipated occupancy in the fall of the same year. These pre-sales are for the first phase of the development.” The first phase will have a north or south orientation.
At the open house a variety of options were presented, including one bedroom, two bedroom, villa duplexes and cottages. Some units have options to include lofts where extra storage or spare bedrooms can be built. “We choose to do loft instead of basements so there wouldn’t be any steps to get into the homes,” Dahlstedt says they wanted to be mindful of seniors who may not be able to do stairs. Appliances in the homes have that in mind, for example the ovens and washer/dryer units will be elevated so there is no need to bend over.
The interior design can be customized to the individual tastes, with high-end fixtures, high-efficiency appliances, and top-of-the-line finishes promises the developer. Other features include large windows, “there will be lots of natural light in every unit,” promises Dahlstedt. There will also be clearance for walkers or wheelchairs, with 3′ doors and ADA (adult disability act) compliant hardware on doors, faucets, appliances, as well as toilets that will be energy-efficient.
The great units open to a 17’6″ x 30 ft great room that includes an open living room, dinning room and kitchen; with a gas fireplace. The 120 ft master bedroom includes a window seat, walk-in closet and spa bathroom.
Dahstedt recognizes this housing option isn’t for everyone, but there is a large gap between government housing and private housing. “People have worked all their lives and they want to live in comfort and own their own home,” Dahlstedt explains that her passion for seniors comes with returning to the area to help care for her aging parents. Pricing on the units range from $250,000 to $399,000. The property would be managed and maintained by a Home Owners Association, with $400/month condo fees.
The development includes a common area with plans to include a nurse/doctor’s suite for on site treatment, as well as wellness treatment providers. Potential services include, hair dresser, massage therapy, pedicures, and cosmetic treatments; such as facial skin rejuvenation. The common area will also feature a large dinning area that residents can rent for larger gatherings and a games/socializing area.
Dahlstedt explains that the development, Dahlstedt Partnership Corporation has been “working with the Town of St. Paul to get the property rezoned and approved development permits.”
“We submitted our application for a development permit on January 15, 2017. That permit application demonstrates our project exceeds requirements. According to zoning we are entitled to build up to 180 units (R3) or 80 units for (R2) on the property. We are only building 68 units. We are not building as height as the zoning restrictions would permit us to if we chose to.” Dahlstedt explains that the development’s goal is to exceed standards, “we are providing 4 times the amount of green park space required by the zoning. All this verifies our development meets or exceed the zoning restrictions and will be providing an exceptional garden living environment for the enjoyment of the people.”
Dahlstedt expects word from the Town shortly, “technically, the The Town of St Paul has 40 days to approve the permit if it meets development guidelines. Then according to guidelines the Town of St Paul is required to issue a notice to the public and if any legitimate objections are formally made in writing, the Town will address those concerns.”
The developers have been trying to keep ahead of any potential issues or concerns, says Dahlstedt, “after the presentation several sub- contractors involved in the project met with us to discuss security and safety for the project, site work, the foundation and landscaping schedule. We anticipate construction will commence as soon as the ground has thawed. We anticipate that the first of four, 22,000 square foot gardens will be substantially complete by the time we complete the first phase of the luxury Townhomes, fall of 2017. We are planning to complete roads, curbs and a treed boulevard for the first 2 of 4 phases by end of 2017, weather permitting.”
“We have hosted 2 open house sessions for the public and will have future presentations to help explain to buyers and general public how the development serves the needs of seniors, the progress of the development and time line,” Dahlstedt says it is important to her to keep the public, nearby residents and the Town informed on the progress of the development.
People interested in finding out more about the development can follow us on Facebook, Country Garden Villas, or go to our website www.countrygardenvillas.com or Contact Stacey Sandmeyer, Director of Sales and marketing (780) 826-9583.