Pillsbury Commons Developers to Make the Rounds in Richfield

Representatives of Ron Clark Construction & Design will be on hand during a special city council work session, as well as at a public meeting at a local church this week.

Ron Clark Construction & Design, the developer of the , is making the Richfield rounds this week, making stops at a Richfield City Council work session Tuesday night as well as an informal public meeting at Thursday morning.

The roughly $12.6 million development——would see a substantial multi-unit housing development constructed, on a largely undeveloped block of Richfield, at the corner of 77th Street and Pillsbury Avenue.

According to Tuesday's council agenda, developers will present revised design plans and some community feedback it gathered from an open house held in late November 2011.

As for the Thursday morning informational meeting, in addition to presenting the details, company representatives will hold a question and answer session. This event was organized by the Attainable Housing Committee of the Richfield Community Council.

Tuesday's session will run from 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Bartholomew Conference Room at . Thursday's meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the church. Both meetings are open to the public.

Caitlin Burgess January 25, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Yep. I would be the moderator and anyone who wishes will be able to submit questions and they can respond. You will definitely have some notice. I am hoping to do it in the evening around 7 p.m. That way people can get home from work, have some dinner and then log on.
Barry L. January 31, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Any word from Ron Clarks group?
Ghislaine Ball February 14, 2012 at 03:51 PM
I just posted this comment to another article but I believe that it's relevant here as well. This proposed high-density project includes a phase 1 of 70 1-3 bedroom units with 1-3 persons per bedroom. Alone, this project does not follow best practices for affordable housing developments which clearly state that integration into a mixed income area is most desirable. When you take into account that the first phase of this project (phase two could include up to 80-90 additional units of 100% affordable housing) sits smack dab in the middle of an existing 943 units of affordable and Section 8 - you've now created a slum. The community actively supported the low-medium density, mixed-income project but since the 'bait-and-switch' (the developer will receive approx. $10 million in TIF financing for 100% affordable vs. considerably less if anything at all - that's pretty big incentive on a $12.6 million project) we have actively fought what we feel will be the proverbial straw that will break the back of this already struggling low-mid income area.
Ghislaine Ball February 14, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Hey Caitlin - the opposition would also very much like the opportunity to respond to the community about their concerns with this project and to clarify so misleading and partial information that is being disseminated. Please contact either myself or Barry LeBlanc.
Barry L. February 15, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Last Night more bait and switch, now instead of only having 1 unit section 8, to 3 units section 8 see last Special Council Work Session 01/24/2012 but now it includes all the 3 bedroom units qualify for Section 8, so what dose that mean? 19 more bed rooms for possible section 8. watch for video feed from Richfield city


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