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West Central Tribune Minute: Council action needed soon for proposed northeast Willmar apartment project

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Here’s a look at the top headlines from around west central Minnesota for Sept. 22, 2022.

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Developer Samuel Herzog is looking to build a three-building, 216-bed apartment complex on Lakeland Drive near the Trentwood Estates development. Each of the buildings would contain 72 apartment units, a fitness center and underground parking, similar to the Unique Opportunities development on County Road 5 northwest of Willmar.
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WILLMAR — Housing is something that is greatly needed in Willmar, but creating that housing can turn out to be quite a complicated matter within the slow-moving cogs of city government — even more so when a group of vocal citizens oppose the new development in their neighborhood .

Developer Samuel Herzog is currently dealing with this issue as he attempts to move the Unique Opportunities apartment complex project forward while a financial deadline is looming — the project needs to begin this fall to be financially feasible, he said.

At Monday’s Willmar City Council meeting, the project to build three 72-unit apartment buildings on Lakeland Drive Northeast was nearly derailed by not holding the public hearing regarding the creation of a tax increment financing district to make the project financially feasible.

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Swift County-Benson Health Services, CentraCare one step from full affiliation

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The Swift County-Benson Health Services campus in Benson includes a 21-bed critical access hospital, a surgery center, rehabilitation therapies, an assisted living and memory care unit, and an outpatient clinic.
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BENSON — A long-standing partnership between the Swift County-Benson Hospital system and CentraCare is now one step from full affiliation.

The Swift County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved agreements to lease the hospital and clinic to CentraCare Health Systems for 30 years. The Benson City Council approved the agreements Monday.

The hospital district board will vote next week on the agreements.

The affiliation will become effective at the start of the new year, provided the hospital board approves it Monday as expected.

Full story here.

Planning of southeast Willmar tiny home development moves forward with project out for bids

A concept plan for the tiny home development being proposed by realtor Justin Paffrath shows 12 tiny homes, some one-bedroom, some with a bunk or office area downstairs with a bedroom upstairs, and some two-bedroom. All units will have one bathroom, and the garages are in the center of the development.
A concept plan for the tiny home development being proposed by realtor Justin Paffrath shows 12 tiny homes, some one-bedroom, some with a bunk or office area downstairs with a bedroom upstairs, and some two-bedroom. All units will have one bathroom, and the garages are in the center of the development.
Contributed / Justin Paffrath, Realtor

WILLMAR — The developer of what is thought to be the first tiny home development in the region has the southeast Willmar project out for bids.

It will be located on three city lots on the north side of Pleasantview Drive Southeast just west of the intersection with 15th Street Southeast, behind Giovanni’s Pizza. The Willmar City Council approved the land sale at its Aug. 1 meeting.

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Justin Paffrath, also a real estate agent, spoke last week to the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission to share the inspiration behind his development, as well as concept plans of how the development will be laid out.

Paffrath agreed with EDC Executive Director Aaron Backman that this would likely be the first tiny home development in the region if everything comes together as planned.

Full story here.

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