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Council OKs downtown apartment building

Three variances were approved by the Osakis City Council for the planned Roach Development of a 15-unit apartment building in downtown Osakis, at the regular Monday, Oct. 2 council meeting.

The variances were previously approved by the Osakis Planning and Zoning Commission, following a Sept. 28 Public Hearing.

The variances approve a conditional use permit to allow for a dwelling unit over eight units in size; variances for requests to exceed 25 feet in height in a shoreland area, exceeding 25 percent impervious in a shoreland area, reduce the lot size per unit for two and three bedrooms; and approving the site plan for the apartment building, all with conditions.

The conditions are that the Sauk River Watershed District and the Department of Natural Resources approve the plans, because the land falls within the shoreline area.

The three-story apartment building will be built at 101 Central Avenue, and fronts on Lake Street East, Central Avenue, and abuts north of the Lake Wobegon Trail, on .86 acres, or 37,250 square feet of property. The building will house five two-bedroom and 10 three-bedroom units. There will be parking for 30 vehicles.

The building will be a secure building, with a manager/caretaker. No dogs will be allowed.

If all approvals are given, the construction will begin in October, and open in the spring.

The building permit will be issued when all conditions are met, and approval received from the DNR and SWRD.

Roach Development LLC is headquartered in Little Falls MN and has built and managed apartments and townhomes in Little Falls, Pierz, Royalton, Bowlus, New York Mills, Long Prairie, Sauk Centre, Melrose, Wadena, Rice, Randall, Glenwood, Perham, Upsala, Staples and Motley, Minnesota.

Other action

In other action, the City Council:

• Set the Truth in Taxation public hearing for Monday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. Tax forms will be sent to property owners who may speak at the hearing if they have issues;

• Passed a resolution to put a parcel of property up for public auction because of non-payment of taxes. If the city bids on the property, it must be used for a public purpose;

• Discussed the garbage service contract which is coming due; renewal of the I-94 Osakis sign contract with John and Carl Marthaler; the completed season at the Visitor Center and plans for 2018; and the job duties for the cemetery sexton;

• Planned to review the 2018 fee schedule for adoption at the January, 2018 meeting.

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