Martin Farms housing development to resume

by Dawn Feddersen-Poindexter

Contributing writer

The Otsego City Council approved a preliminary plat for 132 single family homes to be added to the Martin Farms subdivision in western Otsego. The homes will be located northeast of MacIver Avenue and 70th Street, immediately south of the existing lots currently being built out.

The homes represent Phase 2 of a planned four phases of development at Martin Farms.

Joe Jablonski is the planned development area manager for Lennar Corp., the company behind the development plan.

Of the 20–25 projects his company currently has in the works in the Twin Cities metro area, six are in the northwest suburbs, the furthest north and west being the proposed Martin Farms addition in Otsego.

Jablonski explained his company’s interest in the area. “We’ve definitely had success in this area. I attribute that to a lot of local interest, strong schools, good support for parks and recreation programs. It’s a great place to grow up and raise a family.”

The council agreed to hold a public hearing to receive resident input about a proposed $44,000 project to help alleviate drainage issues on Needham Avenue, south of 85th Street. As part of the proposed plan, residents will be responsible for a portion of the cost of the project.

City Engineer Ron Wagner reported to the council that he had heard from one property owner who owns a number of acres in the affected area that he might consider re-routing his water drainage elsewhere, which might prove a more cost-effective move for him, given that he owns more than 20 percent of the land identified as contributing to the drainage issues.

Wagner reported that if this property owner were to proceed with his project, it would leave the remaining homeowners responsible for a larger percentage of the city’s proposed project. He plans to present both scenarios at the public hearing so that residents are well informed.

The public hearing will be held March 11 at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at the Prairie Center. Affected residents will be notified of the hearing by mail.