Two apartment buildings for the Clover Ridge neighborhood |

Weeks after approving preliminary plans for several subdivisions in the Big Woods Boulevard area northwest of downtown Chaska, Chaska City Council gave the go-ahead to a slew of projects at its July 18 meeting. april.

The Autumn Woods Reserve, formerly known as Wagner Woods, near Audubon Road east of Hazeltine National Golf Club, had its final course approved; a development of 86 lots on 45 acres of land.

The original concept plan proposed to access Autumn Woods Drive on the north and connect to Ironwood Boulevard on the south. The latest plan offers the same layout, but will also include direct right access onto Audubon Road at the east end of the development.

About a mile down the road, at the intersection of Pioneer Drive and Hundertmark Road, Cantissimo of Chaska, a new 32-unit assisted living and memory care building has received positive feedback from council.

The one-story building will be built on a triangular parcel of undeveloped land directly east of Super Target and Wings Financial. The latest design has the building entrance facing south with parking, allowing many of the west property’s existing trees to remain.

Residents of the Pioneer Point neighborhood were surveyed about the project, with all but one household having approved an easement agreement.

“I like this setup. And thank you for lining it up with the Target aisle, otherwise it would have been a nightmare. I really feel like that was a sticking point last time. I’m glad they were able to fix it,” Chaska Mayor Mark Windschitl said.

Hundertmark Road will also receive a new southbound turning lane in the access road to the living and care building.

APARTMENTS

The Clover Ridge neighborhood will also be bustling.

Oak Creek, a single-family development totaling 102 lots on 52 acres, will include a 162-unit building, Clover Field Apartments, on Clover Ridge Drive.

The objectives of the project were to provide “a seamless transition of road and pedestrian connections; and housing design and lot sizes that will complement existing two-story homes on larger lots.

Additionally, on land north of the Twin Cities and Western Railroad, a second apartment building, Clover Ridge Apartments, is slated for development on approximately six acres of land. The four-story building will include 119 units.

“It really doesn’t really fit the vibe of the neighborhood. We have the four-story buildings at Clover Preserve near the school, but they’re surrounded by high-density residences, the townhouses, and then it levels out to smaller homes, townhouses, single-family homes, going to County 11 and up to Pioneer Trail. That kind of break,” said Ray Lindner, a resident of Clover Preserve Lane, one of four residents to speak at the meeting, and another virtually, of the proposed developments in northwest Chaska.

“It turns us into another big residential area, that we’re missing an opportunity to maintain the vibe of what it is,” he said.

Project representatives in attendance addressed concerns about a setback from a heavily used pathway, while also discussing the use of a flat roof to prevent the height of the building from seeming too tall.

“I think it has been a good process. We have a lot of good feedback from residents and changes have been made because of that feedback,” Windschitl said.

The mayor praised developer DR Horton for his willingness to work with the city and neighbors on tree preservation. “I think it’s a win-win situation for everyone involved,” he said.

EXPANSION

For the second time in five years, Southwest Christian High School, located on Bavaria Road north of County Road 10, is expanding its campus footprint.

The school is about to build a 48,000 square foot land annex. A new 185-space parking lot is also proposed as part of the project on the east side of the school. The proposed project will not add any additional classrooms or increase the school’s capacity of 500 students.

Sporting director Darin Keizer has confirmed that the inauguration of the project is scheduled for June 2022.

Southwest Christian opened a 62,000 square foot addition in 2019 that included additional classrooms, offices, and a new 643-seat auditorium on the west side of the existing school. The plan also included an 87-space parking lot. The addition allowed the school to provide space for 500 students and expand its programming in music, theater, engineering, robotics, and industrial arts.

BETTER WATER

As Chaska grows, the need for improved utilities drives the city to build a new water treatment facility on city-owned property west of Hazeltine National Golf Club. Currently, Shaft 7 is located in the area. The water supply from Well 7 is untreated and is currently only used on high demand days in the summer.

The Northern Water Treatment Plant would be able to treat the existing water supply at Well 7 to the standards that the other water supply wells receive at the Southern Water Treatment Plant located on Victoria Drive next to the municipal services building.

City staff concluded that this option is the most cost effective approach. The desired start of the project is summer 2022.

“There is a well driller there now. They’re drilling a test drill that will be the future No. 10 well, which would be just on the north side of this water treatment plant. We will eventually have two additional wells feeding this plant, and those two wells will equal what Well #7 can currently produce for water,” said Matt Haefner, director of Chaska Water and Sewer.

“This plant will be a two and a half million gallons per day plant when fully operational,” he added.

SAVE THIS DATE

Christmas in May is set for 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 7. The houses to help have been selected and the event is looking for volunteers. Visit www.christmasinmaychaska.org to register.

The Taste of Chaska returns from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, May 11 at City Square Park. The event is open to the public and will feature businesses from across the community and will also include live music.

The annual City and Jonathan Association Spring Cleaning Day takes place on Saturday, May 7th. In the Jonathan association, garden waste, leaves, garden waste and small brushes can be left at the curb before 8 am to be picked up. For all other residents of the city, the Athletic Park parking lot will once again be the place to drop off yard waste and trees. Chaska residents will be free to drop off their loads from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day.

The Chaska Rotary will be hosting a free paper shredding event at Athletic Park on the same day from 2-4 p.m.

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