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City takes step to add nine lots to housing development

37 new lots expected to be ready for construction by mid-summer

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Land being developed as part of the Glenwood Heights Second Addition project is shown Friday, May 21, 2021 from the current terminus of Campbell Boulevard. (Ryan McGaughey/The Globe)

WORTHINGTON — A change order extending Campbell Boulevard within the city’s Glenwood Heights Addition while adding nine “move-up” lots to the neighborhood’s upcoming home development project was approved Wednesday afternoon in a special Worthington City Council meeting.

It’s anticipated that 37 new lots will be available for home construction by mid-summer. The change order was introduced as a result of mitigation of a wetland area that previously limited Campbell Boulevard’s extension to approximately 450 feet north of Sutherland Drive. Further extension of Campbell Boulevard, Worthington Assistant City Administrator/Director of Economic Development Jason Brisson explained Wednesday, results in the nine additional lots.

The change order to extend Campbell Boulevard and create the additional lots will cost $246,241.40, plus additional estimated engineering fees of approximately $45,000. Project engineers Bolton and Menk reviewed the additional work needed and prepared the change order.

The latest revision to the Glenwood Heights development brings the total of new lots for phase one and phase 1A (includes the change order) to 14 executive lots, 17 move-up lots and six twin-home lots. The estimated cost for both phases of the project, which is being coordinated through the efforts of the Worthington Economic Development Authority, city of Worthington and Worthington Public Utilities, is now $3.3 million.

The executive single-family lots are 14,000 to 18,000 square feet in size and 100 to 120 feet wide. The move-up single family lots are 11,200 to 13,500 square feet and 80 to 90 feet wide, while the single-family and twin home lots are 7,000 to 8,000 square feet and 60 to 70 feet wide. Prices range from $85,900 for the first of three types of executive lots to $53,900 for the move-up lots and $32,500 for the villa lots.

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In an additional matter Wednesday, the council approved plans and authorized advertisement for bids for phase 2 of the JBS Field House and Recreation Center Project. The city earmarked $3.5 million in local option sales tax revenue for the site, and JBS contributed $1 million toward the project.

Phase 2 includes construction of a 4,000-square-foot office addition to the field house site, as well as parking and other site improvements. Field house operations, along with the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, will occupy the office space.

Tri-State General Contracting of Jackson is the construction manager. Bids for phase 2 work are due June 15, and will be considered at a special meeting the following week. Worthington Director of Public Works Todd Wietzema said he’s hoping the facility will open around Jan. 1, 2022.

The field house is one of multiple undertakings being funded with local option sales tax revenue. Brisson reported Wednesday that $1,252,784.02 has been generated since its initiation in January 2020 (the Minnesota Department of Revenue forwards an estimate six to eight weeks after the month end and issues final settlement about six weeks later.) Those revenues compare favorably with what was projected, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

The city has already completed several local option sales tax-funded projects, including re-roofing the Worthington Ice Arena and building and equipment improvements; Centennial Park softball field outfield fence; Centennial Park playground, shelter and walk bridge; Pleasant Park tennis court rehabilitation; Ludlow Park parking lot; Slater Park parking lot and shelter/restroom; Sunset Park boat ramp and driveway; and Buss Soccer Field restroom. The following projects are currently under construction or scheduled to begin construction this summer: Chautauqua Park restroom, bandshell rehabilitation, and all-inclusive playground; Aquatic Center; 10th Street Plaza; and JBS Field House and Recreation Center.

To date, $5,771,973.94 in sales tax proceeds has been invested in the projects.

In other business, the council:

  • Approved the potential expansion of Lake Shore Marina from its current eight permitted spaces to 16.

In January 2020, Lake Shore Marina was approved to provide eight spaces to be rented out and was charged $500 annually. Six of the eight spaces were provided last year, and all were rented out for the season. The marina plans to purchase additional docks for the 2022 season.
Councilman Chad Cummings suggested that an additional $500 charge be made for eight additional spaces, adding that an additional shore access point be provided so there isn’t merely one point of access for 16 spaces.

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“I’d be fine with every eight, it’s $500,” Cummings said.

“I think it was a good amenity for our city and our lake,” Wietzema added of Lake Shore Marina, which is managed by David Janssen.

Ryan McGaughey arrived in Worthington in April 2001 as sports editor of The Daily Globe, and first joined Forum Communications Co. upon his hiring as a sports reporter at The Dickinson (North Dakota) Press in November 1998. McGaughey became news editor in Worthington in November 2002 and editor in August 2006.
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