NORTH MANKATO — A townhome development won out over two other apartment proposals for the Marigold site in downtown North Mankato.
Marigold Courtyard Townhomes will be 19 units of three-story townhomes. The $4 million project will house between 45 and 60 people and will be built by local developers Mike Drummer and Adam Huiras.
The other two projects would have housed more people — 98 in one or 122 in the other — but a majority of the Port Authority sided with the townhomes, which were described as better fitting the neighborhood, offering a more attractive transition between the single family homes and Belgrade Avenue commercial buildings in the area.
Neighbor Barb Church urged the authority to reject the higher density projects as they would bring too much traffic and said the townhome project would offer "a reasonable transition."
Three other residents spoke in favor of the townhomes, including Tom Hagen.
"Drummer was the only one (of the three developers) to contact neighbors to see what they wanted," Hagen said. He said Drummer even made changes to his architectural plan based on neighbors' reactions to it.
The Port Authority's 4-3 vote in favor of the townhomes was the end of a long line for Vanyo Moody, one of the other developers who built the Marigold I building and has been working on a second phase for nearly eight years. "I hope you will allow us to finish this project together," Moody said during his presentation.
His plan was the largest, with a $12.1 million, four-story apartment complex with 70 units for 122 residents. His was also the only plan that would have required a tax subsidy — $1.19 million.
The third plan was from Minnetonka developers North Rock Real Estate, which was presented by North Mankato architect Corey Brunton. That was for two 28-unit, three-level apartment complexes. It would cost about $6.4 million and house about 98 residents.