A housing proposal for small cottages in a supportive housing estate is in front of the town of Brainerd.
In December, applicant Vicky Kinney of Lake Shore had a land use application for a planned unit development for 22 lots between Northwest Fourth and Northwest Second streets, north of Jackson Street. The land, owned by Gustafson Properties of Brainerd, sits between Northwest Fourth Street and the residential neighborhood of Tyrol Hill and behind Walgreens on an undeveloped wooded lot.
What is before the city, and which is the subject of a public hearing Wednesday, January 19 at 6 p.m., meeting of the Planning Commission, is a request for revision of the PUD concept. In addition to the small chalets, the proposal includes a clubhouse and one or two small buildings to be completed in two phases with a third phase comprising 17 small houses for home ownership and a park area.
The cottages shown in the application as an example of what they would like to build included small, tidy houses with porches. The applicant indicated that the stairs and the attic would be optional. The studio design is 288 square feet and the bedroom is 384 square feet.
The cottage design included a 15ft x 11ft living room/kitchen and a 9.5ft x 9ft bedroom, one bathroom and an option for a loft and the porch.
As an example, the housing communities of Flat Rock, North Carolina have been listed.
According to the application, the first phase would consist of two lots north of Jackson Street.
“Our plan is to build approximately 10-15 houses with an additional structure to be used as an arts/hobby room (although depending on funding it may be temporarily used as a community center). The area would be gated with parking for residents and guests,” the request reads.
The second phase could then develop lots north of James Street between Northwest Second Street and Northwest Third Street.
“This section would contain the community centre, gardens, park and playground, as well as around 20 houses. Again the neighborhood would be fenced and gated with parking in front of the community center and throughout the development. A one-way road would likely be constructed closer to the outer edge of the property, with siftings of trees and plants surrounding the edges of the property (opposite of the hand-drawn site plan example) .
The third phase, according to the application, “depending on need and funding, we can either expand supportive housing units or build a neighborhood of smaller homes for sale. The style and theme of the park would continue throughout this development.
In the planning commission agenda for the coming week, the city has included potential concerns expressed by local residents regarding the supportive housing community with people who have previously been homeless.
Responses included: “With our plan, residents must abide by the regulations put in place for the community, which will include that no drunkenness or drugs will be allowed on the property. Some residents may struggle with addictions, but by choosing to live in the community, they will understand that a big part of that is being a good neighbor. It won’t please everyone. »
Other notables included the housing community will be gated and fenced. Visitors will have to register and will be under the responsibility of the residents.
“All rentals are on a month-to-month basis and will be owned by a non-profit organization based on and driven by Christian values and principles,” as noted in the Q&A responses. “We want everyone living in the community to be successful and we will do everything we can to support that. However, we realize that this lifestyle will not be suitable for everyone, and those who decide that this is not what they want, based on their behavior or their words, will have to find alternative accommodation (which we hope to be able to help – our desire is not to throw anyone on the sidewalk).
For residents, applicants “anticipate people who are employed but struggling to find housing, people who have experienced homelessness and need help getting back on their feet, parents with children who also struggle to find safe and affordable housing, people with disabilities who want to live in a supportive community, and we can open a small percentage of homes for “missionary” people who just want to live there and help out.
The neighbors were invited to a few information sessions last week.
A question on the list included what will happen to existing trees and vegetation on the wooded property, which has rolling terrain, deer and wildlife.
“There’s no easy answer to this one,” the contestants said. “We will do our best to save as many trees as possible. We value nature and also, it is expensive to replace trees! Due to the varied terrain, some leveling will be required to install the houses. On the outer edges of the property we intend to put up screens of trees and vegetation, and because our plan is to create a park-like neighborhood filled with gardens and permaculture areas , we will replace the trees and re-green the area as much as possible.