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By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Moose Lake denies rezoning request


August 22, 2019

Eight residents near a triangle of property containing three lots were opposed to a new development on that property at a hearing during the Moose Lake Planning Commission meeting on Thursday, Aug. 15.

The triangle property is located between Lakeshore Drive and Arrowhead Lane/Highway 73, across from the Moose Lake Area Chamber of Commerce office.

City Administrator Tim Peterson explained that the new owner, Will Carlson, had asked that the property be rezoned from R1 to R3 to allow him the possibility to build an assisted living facility at that location. He added that Carlson was not present at the meeting.

“We received four letters requesting not to approve the rezoning,” he said.

The resident who owned the lot next to the proposed site of the assisted living said that the neighborhood is quiet and respectful, and that this facility would bring more traffic and lower property values.

“Moose Lake is fortunate to have Oakview and Kenwood Place,” she said. “That exceeds the needs of the community.”

Another young mother said that her family had chosen that neighborhood to move to last year because it was quiet and safe for her child.

Bryan Ketchmark, owner of Majestic Pines Realty, said that he had owned that property but could not convince anyone that it was a good location for a home.

“I tried to get it rezoned for commercial use but it was turned down,” he said. “I see a lot of places where something like this just doesn’t fit, but I’m for it. Everything that Carlson does looks nice.”

Another resident said that he was not opposed to an assisted living facility but there are other places where it could be built.

Bob Matuseski said that he was representing Carlson.

“He grew up in this community and has returned and wants to make the community grow,” he said. “I think that he is doing good things for Moose Lake. This would be good for people that have lived here all of their lives. The facility would be over-the-top beautiful. He’ll do it correctly. He wants to do this so it would be affordable for the elderly. The other units cost $6,500 a month. I don’t understand why anyone is opposed.”

After the hearing was closed, the commissioners voted to deny the request for rezoning.

It was suggested that there were many acres zoned R1, R2, and R3 behind Kwik Trip on the land owned by the school district that would be more suitable for this kind of facility and an apartment building.

Peterson also said that Carlson could apply for rezoning the triangle of property to R-2 but that would require another public hearing.


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