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Planning panel OKs plan for upscale apartments near Hy-Vee

August 31, 2012
By Josh Moniz - Staff Writer , The Journal

NEW ULM - The New Ulm Planning Commission approved Thursday plans for building a new, upscale apartment complex in the area across from Hy-Vee.

Steven Harmening submitted the request to change his B-3 General Business District to a B-1 Limited Business District to allow construction of the complex.

In 2009, the property was approved to B-3 for a planned construction of an apartment complex with businesses renting the first floor and 12 to 18 condominiums on top. Construction of the 2009 proposal never started because no businesses could be found that were interested in the plan, Harmening said. A recent decision was made to use the property only for apartments.

The three-story building will consist of 15 apartments facing towards the Cottonwood River. The first floor will have up to three single-bedroom apartments and the garages for the entire complex. The second and third floors will have six two-bedroom apartments, each with a balcony. There will be a large open area behind the complex and space for a community garden.

Harmening was optimistic about the success of the proposed apartment building. He said that its location offered unique access within walking distance to Hy-Vee and Target. He said developers were hedging on back-filling the long waiting lists for other apartments in New Ulm, such as Garden Terrace. He declined to give the estimated rental fees for the apartments at this time. He said they would be higher priced, but not very highly priced.

The proposal will go before the New Ulm City Council on Sept. 4 for final approval.

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