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River Falls, 54022
River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

Developers of a proposed 41-room senior assisted living residence on Heggen Street received a setback from the City Council May 3.

Architect Matt Frisbie, who appeared at the council meeting for Comforts of Home Assisted Living, was told there were too many concerns with plans for the facility that still needed to be addressed to grant a conditional use permit for it.

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Council President Scot O'Malley referred to six issues identified by the city's engineering firm, BRA Associates, that he said hadn't been taken care of, including storm water drainage and water main size.

"I don't think this is completely baked," O'Malley said of the proposal.

Frisbie said the issues were being addressed.

The council, nevertheless, on a unanimous voice vote denied the conditional use permit. The developers were advised to return to the council with their request after the technical issues were resolved.

Other development business

In other matters, the City Council:

  • Approved final development plans for a two-story, 20,565-square-foot WESTconsin Credit Union facility that will be built at the southeast corner of Carmichael and Hanley roads. The building will have a brick exterior with cut-block accents. Access to the business will be from a new street (Maxwell Avenue) that will run through the new Hudson Crossing commercial development.

  • Approved final development plans for the Hudson Professional Building, a two-story, 28,418-square-foot office building also to be constructed in the Hudson Crossing development. The office building will be located just south of the WESTconsin Credit Union.

  • Denied a request by JTB Properties LLP, developer of Hudson Crossing, for the city to pay for part of the street and utility improvements in the development. Attorney Hugh Gwin argued that the city-owned property immediately south of Hudson Crossing had increased in value because of the improvements, and the city therefore should help pay for them. The council rejected that reasoning, however.

    "We don't want to get into the role of developer, and all of a sudden spend all day separating the pepper from the fly specks," O'Malley said.

  • Used its extraterritorial subdivision review authority to approve the final plat for a 37-lot, one-family subdivision in Section 8 of the town of Troy.

  • Approved the job description of five casual call officers the police department intends to hire. Police Chief Richard Trende said the officers would provide additional coverage of community events.

  • Approved Stipe's Shows' request to offer carnival rides in the outer parking lot at Plaza 94 Shopping Center May 20-23.

    Randy Hanson can be reached at rhanson@rivertowns.net.

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