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The Crosslake Planning and Zoning Commission has approved the variances needed to allow an 86-unit senior living project to go forward. This drawing of the project was submitted to the Commission.

Crosslake P&Z gives green light to new Senior Living Project

Web posted May 8, 2018
By Bill Monroe, Northland Press Correspondent

The Crosslake Planning and Zoning Commission has approved the necessary variances to allow an $18 million 86-unit senior living project to be built in Crosslake Town Square.

The 86-unit senior living campus would include 30 independent living units, 35 assisted living units and 21 memory care units. The project would be built on a 3.933-acre parcel located behind Crosslake Ace Hardware. Builders hope to break ground after the Fourth of July and say construction will take about 14 months.

One variance allowed 86 units to be built on the site where the zoning ordinance allows for 11. Another height variance allowed the builders to build up to 44 feet at mid peak where the zoning ordinance allows for 30 feet. The zoning ordinance would require 202 parking spaces but a variance approved reduced parking by 133 to 69 vehicles with the condition that overflow parking be provided in Town Square making total parking available for 100 vehicles. Another variance granted reduced handicapped parking spaces from the seven required to six with the condition that two of the spaces be included in the underground parking to be built in the project.

The Commission also granted the builders a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to allow the construction of a multifamily building on the site.

A 2017 housing study revealed the need for additional senior living options in Crosslake. The study looked at a 50-mile area surrounding Crosslake which continues to grow with the age of 65 plus representing more than 35 percent of the total population by 2022.

“Many senior citizens worry about where they’ll move when they need more help,” said Mike Schoenecker of the Winkelman Building Company of St. Cloud, the project’s general contractor. “Their friends are here. Their church is here. Their doctors are here. Yet, there aren’t many senior living options in Crosslake and that’s about to change,” he said.

The management team of the project is Tealwood Senior Living of Bloomington, MN which has operated more than 40 senior facilities in four upper Midwest states. The architects are Trossen, Wright, Plutowski Architects of Robbinsdale, MN. Many local and area contractors will also be involved in the project, according to Schoenecker.

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