At some point in 2019, the citizens of New Brighton will likely see the first visible outcome of the City’s new Comprehensive Plan when the former New Brighton Elementary school and surrounding lands are redeveloped into the initial components of a mixed use neighborhood. The anticipated townhomes, affordable senior units, and affordable workforce housing will immediately address a number of community goals, and Citizens have already reached out seeking to be on a waiting list for units.
At the present time, no definitive plans are in place and there is no formal application up for consideration; however, the developers did share an initial site plan with surrounding landowners in late October, and feedback from that meeting was used to guide improvements to the conceptual development. The biggest concerns, comments, and questions from neighbors focused on the density of the plan, whether the uses were appropriate, safety concerns (both traffic & pedestrian), the location of public open space, access to the site, and the relation of tall townhomes to nearby single family homes. City representatives heard these concerns and directed the developers to revisit their concept following the meeting. Simultaneously, the City worked to acquire additional property in the area to contribute to desired solutions. The end result of these efforts is a new plan for development anticipated to come forward sometime in early 2019.
On January 15th, the City will hold a public hearing to rezone this area of the community to R-3B in compliance with the new comprehensive plan, which will allow the development proposal to come forward as a Planned Residential Development (PRD). While concerned members of the public are certainly welcome to speak at this hearing, this zoning change is a legal formality so this will not be an effective opportunity to speak about development particulars. Instead, we anticipate the formal development application for the site will be received in early 2019, and another public hearing will be scheduled once that’s in hand. If you would like to be notified once a formal application is submitted, you may request to be included on our New Brighton Interchange email distribution list. Please send your request to Ben Gozola (firstname.lastname@example.org) to receive future mailings.
For further details, please see the City’s webpage devoted to this project by clicking Here.