Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Dan Reed
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

30 unit apartment building financed for City of Carlton


The Carlton County Board of Commissioners approved $174,000 in Carlton County Economic Development funding to complete a funding package for a 30-unit residential apartment building to be built in the City of Carlton by Willows Edge LLC at their March 25 meeting.

Primary financing in the amount of $2,700,000 will be provided by Frandsen Bank & Trust. The City of Carlton has approved $655,000 in Tax Increment Financing over 25 years for the project. The project is being constructed on land zoned commercial owned by Willows Edge LLC.

The apartment building will be located on the north edge of the City of Carlton west of CR 45 and along CR 3. A less costly funding package is available because 8 apartment units were set aside for low income housing opportunities..

In further economic development news, the County Board received notice, which took no County approval, of the City of Cromwell’s modification of its Tax Increment Financing District to include the site of the demolished Cromwell restaurant on Hwy 210. This provides tax increment financing for the construction of a new restaurant complex in Cromwell due to start construction this year.

Plans are in place to take out the trestle on the Soo Line Trail north of Holyoke on Hwy 23. Road damage occurred to the highway during recent flooding in which the trestle funneled and restricted water runoff.

Bypass approval was given by the Board to use graveled CR 8 & CR 11 or tarred CR 1 & CR 4 as choices for the diverted traffic. MNDOT is responsible for blading and repair work on the road bypasses until the project is completed.

Health & Human Resources Director Dave Lee requested, and the Board approved, a $6,000 expenditure for iPads or tablets for a pilot program for the Pathways to Family Peace Program. The cost would be covered by excess Health & Human Services funds and is due to a lack of domestic violence programming in our local area. The target population would be people currently in jail or recently released from jail which would include working with 6-10 offenders during a 28 week period.

County Attorney Lauri Ketola commented, “I think this program is needed. It helps fill a gap for people who lack dependable transportation to participate in a service that is already in St. Louis County.”

Commissioner Gary Peterson reported that Representative Mike Sundin has been sponsoring a beaver bill in the Legislature to include the beaver, along with the wolf and elk, requiring the State to cover damage by these animals. Peterson said that Land Commissioner Greg Bernu gave an excellent presentation at a hearing on the bill. Aitkin County spent $70,000 last year for beaver control.

Assessor Kyle Holmes updated the County Board in closed session on the impending utility tax court settlements. The County will put out a press release with the latest updates soon.


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