Why should you be concerned? Why should you express your concerns to the City Council?
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The management company (Halverson Blaiser Group) has many unfavorable reviews. Click here to view some of the reviews. The company has local apartments that look run down and are not properly managed, according to the reviews by tenants. With an overall rating for 2.1/5 stars on Google, local residents are concerned about Halverson and Blaiser Group.
There are multiple references of sexual harassment towards residents and employees by both management and employees.
There are references of retaliatory/punitive behavior against whistleblowers and residents.
There are multiple references highlighting promises made upfront and failing to deliver, leading to an unkempt (not luxury) living space.
The developer (Apollo Development) has commercial development experience, but not residential. Do we want Centerville to be its first attempt?
Apollo Development and Halverson Blaiser Group have never worked together before. Again, do we want Centerville to be their first attempt at partnership? We will be the guinea pig?
Halverson Blaiser Group will be under contract, meaning they can be fired at any time. What will happen in the meantime? How long will the complex go without proper management? Legally, what is the time frame and does the developer stay involved long term?
Luxury is just a word, and the amenities seem standard for a new build.
Apollo Development came to the April 28 City Council Meeting largely unprepared. Rather than answer tough questions, they preferred to talk 1:1 instead of answering to the community.
The Planning & Zoning Committee said this land sat empty for a number of years and they want it to sell while they have willing buyers. Centerville residents would prefer commercial operations instead of a residential complex, but the Committee rebutted with the idea that nobody has wanted the land before. The Lennar at Watermark community is bringing in approximately 800 new homes. There are many other residential areas going up now. THAT is why interest in the land is starting. Give it more time so commercial projects have the chance to see the community growth.
The rooftop deck on the proposed 103-unit Belleville apartment site is located directly adjacent to both the Willow Glen townhomes and the proposed NorBella Senior Living facility. Unwanted noise will be unavoidable to these residents
EIFS, the proposed exterior material, is well-known for having issues with water intrusion and known for cracking- if it cracks water seeps in and remains because the material holds moisture leading to mold, etc. (If we see already that the management company struggles, how can we ensure they are to maintain a high standard to continue the luxury standard)?
The location of the proposed 103-unit Belleville apartment site is in one of, if not the furthest, land plots away in the city of Centerville from the only emergency fire vehicle that can support the height of the proposed building. With a proposed building height of over 40 ft tall, the only ladder truck that the fire department has that can reach the height of this building is located at the Circle Pines Fire Station. This is 8.7 miles from the proposed site and will take between 10-15 minutes to reach. This puts future residents at the proposed site in real danger should a fire occur.
Will Centennial Schools have a difficult time supporting additional students in the area? Our schools are known for excellence, and larger class sizes are not valued by the community.
Proper studies have not been completed to understand the full impact the proposed 103-unit apartment building will have on the city of Centerville’s services and the cost associated with it. Incomplete net revenue estimates were presented to the public and much is still unknown about what impacts this will have to local schools.
The City of Centerville's website has a "Local Business Information" section, urging residents to purchase locally. "With everyone feeling the economic pinch, save those gas dollars, help reduce emissions and put those dollars that you would spend elsewhere into purchasing services of products from Centerville businesses." Rezoning the land to be residential will take away opportunities from future local businesses.
There is no long-term guarantee for the success of this apartment complex in this market or location.
Other "luxury" apartment complexes in the area are not full, and the demand is not as high as assumed. Two complexes in Maplewood have vacancies that cannot be filled.
Apollo Development lists "downsizing families" as a target audience for the apartments. Most downsizing families are not looking for large, multi-level living situations but this also contradicts what the developers mentioned about young adults living in the apartments and an average of 1-2 people per apartment. The developers are not planning for families to move into the apartment and do not have the space thought out for families.
Apollo Development lists Lino Lakes' Park & Ride as a draw for professionals. The Park & Ride is currently not operating, and may not be for the foreseeable future.
There is no long-term guarantee of success. Centerville residents deserve a project that is set up for success. During the April 28 City Council Meeting, there was an agenda item with information on rental assistance. This is a reminder that times are uncertain right now, and a “luxury” rental complex is not the best project.
It is known that a commercial project could go in if the apartment is not approved. Residents would rather have a commercial project, even if it is the same size as the apartments, because there are set hours, less noise, and less traffic during the evenings. Waiting for commercial projects to come, which they will because of all the new residential developments in the area, gives Centerville the chance to put money back into its community by not only giving more taxes back into the community but more jobs to the community. We need to provide jobs to the community.
During the April 28 City Council Meeting, Mayor Love said it's the perfect corner of Centerville for the apartment project. Why is it the perfect corner? Because it's butted up against Lino? Because it's near all of the new developments? Both of those answers are yes. The fact that the land is right next to an exploding community is more reason to wait for commercial opportunity instead of rushing at the first opportunity residents are concerned about.
During the April 28 City Council Meeting, Mayor Love said something along the lines of the City of Centerville elects him and he needs to do right by them. A petition with over 700 signatures opposing the project (signatures collected in one day) was presented to him to show that his constituents do not want the project moving forward. The community wants a voice and to be heard.
Light pollution emitted from both the exterior signage and the 25ft light poles illustrated from the proposed Kwik Trip, NorBella Senior Living facility, and 103-unit Belleville apartments will be an unavoidable nuisance to both the residents of the Willow Glen townhomes and the nearby Watermark community in Lino Lakes.
During the April 28 City Council Meeting, Mayor Love said that there are apartment complexes in many of our neighboring cities. He asked why we shouldn't have one in Centerville. What do our neighboring cities have that we don't? COMMERCIAL PROJECTS. The commercial projects need to come before renters will.
Who would enforce the Conditional Use Permit to help guarantee the apartments stay "luxury"? What is the timeline for violations? The apartments would be the first thing people see as the exit 35E. Do we really want to say WELCOME TO CENTERVILLE by shoving a large apartment complex there?
If we want to use the Park and Ride as a lure for the apartments and there are minimal retail stores nearby, how will it entice renters to stay?
There are an insufficient amount of crosswalks/safe crossing locations on 21st Avenue to support the residents of the proposed 103-unit Belleville apartment building. With the transit hub being used as a nearby amenity for this proposed location, the residents will not be able to access it safely.
Increased traffic congestion on both 21st Avenue and Main Street caused by the proposed 103-unit Belleville apartment building and cars entering and exiting the proposed Kwik Trip location.
Click here to read an article called "Luxury Ghost Towns: The pandemic proved cities have far too many ultraexpensive apartments. They shouldn't forget it."
Click here to read an article called "Why Are Developers Only Building Luxury Housing."
Click here to read an article from the Quad Community Press called "Dominium apologizes to city for ongoing issues."
SENIOR LIVING CONCERNS
KWIK TRIP/CAR WASH CONCERNS