Minnesota's first gated apartment complex pitched in metro suburb

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Minnesota's first gated apartment complex is on the drawing board in suburban Scott County.

The Star Tribune reports that a black wrought-iron fence with a security gate to control who comes in would encircle the upscale complex, pitched for the city of Savage. It would include a clubhouse, pool, car washing station and pet playground. The development would bring 288 apartments, each with their own garage, plus 720 parking spaces. The apartments would be in 17 two-story townhouse-style buildings.

The newspaper said the city's planning commissioners recently reviewed the preliminary development plan for the complex, to be called The Springs at Egan Drive, and granted unanimous approval after adding a number of conditions. The City Council is scheduled to consider it Tuesday.

The Better Minnesota Real Estate Listings website, which features upper bracket homes, notes that gated communities for home owners are far more popular and prevalent in the south and southwest and in California than they are in Minnesota. The site has a list of Minnesota's gated communities, including Bearpath in Eden Prairie.

Homeowners who live adjacent to the proposed Savage complex expressed little concern about the exclusive nature of the development, but worried about the addition of high-density housing and possible traffic problems at the development’s lone entry and exit. The developer, Continental Properties, has proposed a similar project in Brooklyn Park, where the number of entrances has also surfaced as a sticking point. Continental has agreed to put in two access points there. The Brooklyn Park City Council is expected to revisit the issue later this month.

Savage Planning Manager Bryan Tucker said the project would fill a need for more rental housing in the area. Last fall, TwinCitiesBusiness analyzed the metro apartment rental market and reported that national surveys have consistently shown the Twin Cities with one of the lowest vacancy rates in the country.

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