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Worthington EDA sets prices for lots in new Glenwood Heights Second Addition

Initial phase of development encompasses the development of 28 lots.

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WORTHINGTON — Prices for Phase I lots in the Glenwood Heights Second Addition were established Tuesday afternoon during a meeting of the Worthington Economic Development Authority.

The initial phase of the development — spurred by the efforts of the EDA, city of Worthington and Worthington Public Utilities (WPU) — encompasses the development of 28 lots. A total of 93 lots are anticipated for the entire project.

The 28 lots in Phase I offer a variety of options for buyers, Worthington Assistant City Administrator/Director of Economic Development Jason Brisson explained.

Fourteen of the lots have been designated as executive single-family and are 14,000 to 18,000 square feet in size and 100 to 120 feet wide. Eight other lots, meanwhile, are move-up single family (11,200 to 13,500 square feet and 80 to 90 feet wide), and six are villa single-family and twin home lots (7,000 to 8,000 square feet and 60 to 70 feet wide).

Lot prices include fully paid assessments, WPU General Manager Scott Hain noted, as money recovered from sales in Phase I will go directly into the next phase of development in the addition. It’s anticipated that EDA staff will begin preparing the lots for sale this summer in further addressing the city’s well-documented housing needs.

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“It will cost $1.7 million to develop these 28 lots, and it just emphasizes why the city and WPU had to move forward and act as the developer,” Worthington City Administrator Steve Robinson said. “We just don’t have the private investment that is probably going to take that leap.”

Prices for the lots have been based on square footage and location within the addition, Brisson said. They 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.

Once each lot is sold, its development will be open to any builder contracted to do the work. Robinson said he anticipates that infrastructure and roadway work will be completed within the Phase I portion by midsummer, allowing for easy accessibility for contractors.

Following the establishing of the lot prices, EDA members discussed the possibility of establishing covenants for residential development within the new Glenwood Heights Second Addition. The consensus opinion was to have Brisson prepare a Planned Urban Development (PUD) document, which would include guidelines for land regulation and serve to promote unified land development.

EDA member Chad Cummings noted that the city has little means of enforcing a covenant, and Brisson noted that once all the lots within the addition are sold, the city has no interest in the addition and no means for enforcement. Many agreed that establishing a PUD could establish some rules while also not getting so technical that property owners’ freedoms with their properties would be limited.

“I don’t know if I want to get involved with tightening the screws down too tight,” Mayor Mike Kuhle, who serves as EDA president, said. “A PUD would allow us to do some high-level restrictions … and take out the little stuff. That would be the easiest for EDA and the city council.”

Robinson further explained Friday morning some of the specifics of what a PUD for the development could entail.

“We’d have something about square footage requirements for a house,” he said. “They won’t be onerous, but they’ll be appropriate. A couple of the architectural features that we’ll want to maintain are such things as minimum roof pitch and also exterior siding requirements.”

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In additional business Tuesday, the EDA:

  • Approved a change of zone request for EDA-owned property north of Interstate 90 and west of U.S. 59 to M-2 (industrial).

The EDA has reached a tentative deal to sell Cemstone, a regional ready-mix company, approximately 8.51 acres of property. Cemstone has agreed to sell the EDA its approximately 7.23 acres located at 1000 Sherwood Ave., subject to the removal of its existing plant and office building. The 7.23 acres will be exchanged in a land swap, and Cemstone will purchase the additional approximately 1.28 acres from the EDA at a newly appraised price when the EDA’s appraisal is available.
City engineering staff is currently working with Bolton & Menk to prepare a proposal to develop plans to extend 27th Street west to the edge of the EDA’s property. To continue moving forward with the deal with Cemstone, the property needed to be rezoned to be sold.

  • Approved a resolution that allows the EDA to control property within the city’s Redevelopment Nos. 6 and 7 projects and have the ability to sell it to buyers interested in residential development.

Redevelopment Projects 6 and 7 represent two separate parcels of Worthington property purchased by the city for the development of residential lots. The intent is to sell the lots to developers, builders or individuals for residential housing development.
The city purchased approximately 50 acres west of South Crailsheim Drive and north of a westerly extension of Sutherland Drive (Redevelopment Project 6) to create for-sale lots. There will be a total of 28 lots for residential development as well as 10 outlots, of which one will likely be subdivided in the future for additional residential lots. Also poised for redevelopment is approximately 7.8 acres of city-owned property south of an easterly extension of Darling Drive and east of Grand Avenue (Redevelopment Project 7).

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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