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Residents can comment on senior-housing plan

An artist's rendering of what a planned senior housing complex could look like. Residents can comment on the plan at a meeting July 11 at city hall.

Rosemount residents can get their first look at a long-discussed senior housing facility and community gathering space at a public meeting planned for 7 p.m. July 11 at city hall.

The city and developer Wally Johnson will present plans for the facility, which will be built on the former site of St. Joseph School, as well as talk about its integration into the neighborhood and the use of a planned 5,000-square-foot activity space that will be part of the building.

Some of that activity space will be dedicated to a senior center, but city planner Eric Zweber said there will be room for other uses as well. The space will connect the planned senior facility to the Rosemount Steeple Center.

"It provides some flexibility that, if we need event space, it could work in conjunction with an event at the steeple center," Zweber said.

Johnson, whose company is also responsible for the Waterford Commons building just down Highway 3, is the third developer to work on the senior facility. He has planned a three-story building that will include assisted living, memory care and independent living units. Current plans for the building include 90 residential units.

The goal of the July 11 meeting is to get feedback from residents about the proposed building but also to talk about plans to integrate it into the neighborhood. That includes new sidewalk connections to Cameo Ave. and connections to the Rosemount Middle School property to the north and the Robert Trail Library to the south.

"It's almost more us having an opportunity ... to talk about what is going to be included in the project and how it will be connected to the neighborhood and neighboring uses," Zweber said. "It's hopefully, at the end of the day, going to have a more comprehensive parking strategy out there."

The senior housing project will go through the city's formal approval process shortly after this month's public meeting. Zweber said the plan is to install the building's foundation this year.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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