Maple Grove to Consider New Apartments on City’s Western Edge
Demand for Twin Cities apartments has increased due to rising mortgage rates. In Maple Grove, the city council will review a proposal for new apartment buildings near the western edge of the city.
St. Louis-based JPL Development is proposing 248 units with two 5-story “modern-looking” buildings. According to planning documents provided to the city, the Edison at Maple Grove project would provide “superior residential accommodation” for working professionals and early retirement seniors.
The 11.62-acre site is south of city-owned land proposed for Highway 610 extension work and west of Interstate Highway 94. It would be located to the north of the yet-to-be-constructed Garland Lane.
The developer’s narrative says a prominent feature of the project would be a large lobby/clubhouse, as well as fully-equipped yoga and exercise rooms. Outdoor amenities would include a pool, gazebo, two dog parks and trail connections.
“It’s a wonderful retail area to the south. We want to make sure that you can connect to it safely and conveniently with bikes and with trails,” said Elwyn Tinklenberg, representative for JPL Development, speaking before the Maple Grove Planning Commission.
The same developer has worked on similar projects in Lakeville, Shoreview and Woodbury.
Another aspect of the project is eight outdoor charging stations that would be covered.
“We have put them outside intentionally because some of the concern with fires that we have seen generated by charging systems that either overcharge or aren’t properly controlled,” said Tinklenberg. “We don’t want to have a fire in the garage.”
Significant landscaping is also part of the plans.
“I’m really appreciative of the extra landscaping in an area that is surrounded by undevelopable property that already kind of has a natural feel to it,” said Maple Grove Planning Commission member Craig Lamothe. “To be able to extend that on to the site is greatly appreciated.”
The Maple Grove Planning Commission recommended approval on Monday. The project won’t be able to get a grading permit until first receiving approval from the Elm Creek Watershed District.
The Maple Grove City Council is expected to review the plans at its meeting May 16.