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BE makes choice for housing site

By Staff | Jul 24, 2011

Linsey Warmka

Two months after being formed, a taskforce has picked a site to develop a housing addition in Blue Earth for “high-wage” earners.

“We looked at six locations and decided on property controlled by the city and owned by the EDA,” says Linsey Warmka, executive director of Faribault County Development Corporation.

The property is nearly 35 acres located just east behind Lamperts.

Warmka is one of 12 city, school and business leaders making up the taskforce.

“I did research on past housing developments and talked with business owners and people around the site to get responses,” she says.

The group’s other top choice was the former Hillcrest Mobile Home Park owned by Mankato attorney Andrew Johnson.

The next step will be to determine infrastructure needs, such as roads, water and sewer mains.

Design work is being done by city engineer Bill Sayre of Bolton & Menk.

“We’ve put together some preliminary layouts and possibilities on how the area might be used,” he says.

Local realtors have been contacted to discuss price and sizes of the lots, Sayre says. To see more of this article, see this week’s Register