Friday, May 11, 2012
The city releases its tentative schedule for the project review process.
While city staff is still in the process of reviewing Ron Clark Construction & Design's latest applications for the proposed Pillsbury Commons development, the city has outlined a tentative schedule for after its review is complete. All the following information was taken from a Richfield City Council memo, dated May 10, 2012 and signed by Richfield City Manager Steve Devich. May 21 The Richfield Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) will consider a motion to schedule a public hearing to consider the sale of the mortuary site, 211 76th St. W. May 29 The Richfield Planning Commission will hold two public hearings, one regarding the rezoning and planned unit development application and the other to determnine if the modification of the …
Saturday, May 5, 2012
The city released the new design plans and application information Friday afternoon.
After pulling its land use applications twice—and much public outcry—Ron Clark Construction & Design is proposing a new Pillsbury Commons design plan that would include 18 townhome units and 52 apartment units. Before the redesign, the developer designed 70 workforce apartment units, with four stories facing 77th Street and two stories facing Pillsbury Avenue. While 70 units are still being proposed, the project now shows five separate buildings—four of which are townhome structures. The 52-unit apartment building is adjacent to 77th Street, while one townhome building faces Pillsbury Avenue and the other three line the entrance driveway on the west side of the property. All units will still be 100 percent workforce housing. All the …
Friday, April 13, 2012
The controversial project proposal is still making its way through various city commissions.
After a very interesting special work session Tuesday night, Richfield officials—and audience members—were somewhat confused on what would happen next in the Pillsbury Commons proposal process. The developer of the project, Ron Clark Construction & Design, recently submitted a new land use application requesting to buy additional land owned by the city. The additional land will allow the developer to meet the city's comprehensive plan of medium-density housing for development in that area. According to an e-mail sent by City Manager Steve Devich to Richfield City Council members, the councll and the Richfield Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) will hold a joint session April 16. At that meeting, the council will consider the first …
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The controversial project is on the books for the Richfield City Council again Tuesday night. However, if you missed out on Richfield Patch's live chat with the developers, its opponents and interested viewers, take a peek here!
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Residents slam Ron Clark Construction reps with questions.
Possibly one of the most controversial Richfield redevelopment projects in many years, the Pillsbury Commons workforce housing development is garnering a lot of attention. Richfield Patch hosted a live discussion with members of the Richfield Commoners United, a neighborhood group in opposition of the development, and members of Ron Clark Construction and Design's development team Tuesday. The chat proved to be qute explosive with viewers commenting both for and against the project. To see the chat in its entirety, click the replay button above. Click here to sign up for the Richfield Patch newsletter.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
The controversial project fills the council chambers at Richfield City Hall and Municipal Center Tuesday night.
Dozens of community members joined the Richfield City Council, Richfield Planning Commission and Richfield Housing and Redevelopment Authority Tuesday night to hear revised development plans for the Pillsbury Commons housing project. The roughly $12.6 million development would see a multi-unit housing development built at the corner of 77th Street and Pillsbury Avenue. However, the project has proven controversial, with residents worrying about a possible decline in property values and rise in crime, and council members skeptical on the design of the property. While city officials didn’t express any opposition for the development itself, the largest concerned seemed to be how prospective tenants would be considered for residency. Community…