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December 18, 2010
Community land trust creates affordable housing solution
WILLMAR -- The Westwind development is offering affordable single-family housing opportunities as well as affordable rental housing. Homeownership...
December 18, 2010 - 12:00am
Westwind begins renting
WILLMAR -- Eleven units are rented and four more units will be rented by the end of the month at the new Westwind Townhomes low-income housing...
December 18, 2010 - 12:00am
March 9, 2010
Attorney for Westwind project says DEED financing doesn't require approval from Willmar City Council
WILLMAR -- An attorney for the Westwind low-income housing project says Willmar City Council approval is not required for the project to receive a $350,000 state grant as part of its financing package. The grant was to be passed through from the city to project developer Southwest...
March 9, 2010 - 12:00am
Back on the radar: Controversial housing project still a go, developer tells council
WILLMAR -- Despite a financing setback last year, Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership still plans to build its $6 million Westwind Estates Third Addition affordable housing project in southwest Willmar, according to a written report provided Tuesday to the Willmar City Council. The...
September 9, 2009 - 12:00am
June 26, 2009
Westwinds project has city officials wondering what's up?
WILLMAR -- What's happening with the Westwind affordable housing project in southwest Willmar?
June 26, 2009 - 12:00am
February 19, 2009
Questions continue to swirl around Westwind mortgage documents
WILLMAR -- Questions continue to swirl around documents that a developer says are needed to receive a state grant for the Westwind Estates affordable housing project. A majority of Willmar City Council members say they need clarification of the name of the mortgagor on the Westwind...
February 19, 2009 - 12:00am
January 3, 2009
2008 Year in Review
A tornado that hit in the early evening hours of July 11, destroying several homes south of Willmar, was the region's top news story in 2008. A criminal vehicular homicide conviction for the driver involved in the bus crash that killed four students near Cottonwood, the fatal stabbing...
January 3, 2009 - 12:00am
November 18, 2008
Council seeking further information on Westwind mortgage
WILLMAR -- On the advice of City Attorney Rich Ronning, the Willmar City Council took no action Monday night on a $350,000 loan to the owner of the Westwind Estates affordable housing project. Money for the mortgage comes from a $350,000 federal housing grant funneled through the...
November 18, 2008 - 12:00am
November 16, 2008
Letter: How Gardner really lost
Councilman Steve Gardner's significant opposition (accurate election results: 3 to 1) is primarily due to his choice to not represent the best interests of Ward 2, his inappropriate handling of disagreements, and misguided justifications of his actions. His wrongful stand regarding...
November 16, 2008 - 12:00am
November 15, 2008
No action is taken on Westwind mortgage by officials
WILLMAR -- The developer of Westwind Estates is asking the City Council to approve a $350,000 mortgage and promissory note for the affordable housing project in southwest Willmar. Money for the mortgage came from a $350,000 grant the city re-ceived ea- rlier in the year from the...
November 15, 2008 - 12:00am
September 4, 2008
Three candidates set in council's Second Ward primary election Tuesday: Steve Gardner
WILLMAR -- The three-way race in the city's Second Ward is defined at least in part by division over the Westwind Estates affordable housing development in that portion of the city. Councilman Steve Gardner, Tim Johnson and Bob Skor have all filed for the Second Ward seat. Separate...
September 4, 2008 - 12:00am
August 5, 2008
Willmar City Council approves Westwind street work, 5-3
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council voted 5-3 Monday night to approve construction of streets and utilities for the controversial Westwind Estates Third Addition low-income housing project in southwest Willmar. The council acted on a recommendation from the council's Public Works/Safety...
August 5, 2008 - 8:00am
April 29, 2008
Council, officials meet in closed session to discuss possible Westwind lawsuit
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council, Mayor Les Heitke and city officials met in closed session Monday evening with two lawyers to discuss a possible lawsuit against the city by the developers of the proposed Westwind Estates housing project. Clifford Greene of the Green Espel law...
April 29, 2008 - 12:00am
April 22, 2008
Council hears pleas for understanding, reconciliation over project; remains divided on veto
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council failed 4-4 Monday night to override Mayor Les Heitke's veto of the council's April 7 rejection of the $350,000 state grant for the controversial Westwind Estates Third Addition housing project. The mayor issued the veto in an April 8 letter to...
April 22, 2008 - 12:00am
April 16, 2008
Mayor vetoes rejection of funding for controversial housing plan department of employment and economic development
WILLMAR -- Mayor Les Heitke has vetoed the Willmar City Council's April 7 rejection of the $350,000 state grant for the controversial Westwind Estates Third Addition housing project. City Clerk Kevin Halliday said Tuesday the mayor's veto means the grant is accepted by the city. In...
April 16, 2008 - 12:00am