Twin Cities developer to add 50 homes along golf course

The housing market in the greater metro area may be softening, but one Twin Cities development firm is optimistic enough about Northfield to move ahead with the final phase of the Rosewood Subdivision.

Mark Gergen and Lynn Giovannelli of Miles Development Corporation plan to complete the Rosewood 5th Addition, bordering the Northfield Golf Club. The plan originally was approved in 1998, but Gergen and his partner modified it to eliminate all but one cul de sac and make smaller lots to accommodate 50 new detached townhomes on small lots along a curved street that will connect to Wall Street Road. The plan also calls for an adjustment in the extension of Jefferson Parkway to straighten the connection to Wall.

"This is a great project," Gergen said after the City Council approved the Planned Unit Development Monday. He said he already is getting calls from buyers and he hasn't started construction yet. He noted that he won't be building all the homes at once, but phasing them in to meet demand.

Some city councilors expressed concern about how the new development will affect the safety of bike and pedestrian traffic along Wall Street, Woodley Avenue and the surrounding area. City staff members said the new design includes trail easements and fits with city plans for improvements to Woodley in 2008. Those plans include trails and other measures to protect bike riders and pedestrians.

A report from the April 25 Planning Commission meeting concerning this project can be found on the Northfield League of Women Voters weblog at http://lwvnorthfieldmn.org.

Miles Development specializes in targeted, single-family residential projects in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. You can learn more about them at www.milesdev.com.