Clear Lake council approves first reading of rezoning property for apartment project in Emerald Edge subdivision

CLEAR LAKE — The Clear Lake City Council last night approved the first of three readings of a rezoning ordinance for the proposed apartment project in the Emerald Edge subdivision.

At a special council meeting in late November, the council referred to the Planning & Zoning Commission a proposal from the Hamilton Real Estate Group of Rochester Minnesota to rezone about an eight-acre parcel of property located in the subdivision. The rezoning would be necessary to enable the construction of a new 90-plus unit, market rate apartment project that will have a mix of one bedroom-one bath, two bedroom-one bath, two bedroom-two bath and studio apartments.

Mayor Nelson Crabb says he’s looking forward to the project after seeing similar projects the Hamilton Group has done in Minnesota.  “Several of us did go up north and see what these might look like here by those that are already done and being occupied. I for one was very, very impressed certainly with the people who are doing this who are in charge. Well done. Great relationships that we’ve had with you, and the product is quality in my opinion.”

The project also requires a height variance from the city’s Board of Adjustment which they will consider at their meeting tonight.

The council in late December took the initial steps to implement an urban revitalization plan that would provide certain tax incentives to offset the property taxes on the project for a period of ten years.