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Assisted-living facility, condos approved

The Hudson City Council approved plans for two new residential developments Monday night.

Comforts of Home Assisted Living received the approvals it needed to proceed with construction of a 41-unit senior assisted living residence on the west side of Heggen Street at Hosford Street.

Earlier this month, council members delayed approving a conditional use permit and final development plans for the facility, saying the developer hadn't resolved half a dozen issues identified by the city's engineering firm, BRA & Associates.

Council President Scot O'Malley, who raised concerns about the plan last time around, was satisfied that they had been taken care of Monday night. He said the result was a better project, from the city's point of view.

Community Development Director Dennis Darnold reported that the radius of the entrance to the facility had been "softened," and that water main and storm sewer issues had been resolved.

Mayor Jack Breault said the facility would be a nice-looking building.

The facility will offer 24-hour care to residents and provide services such as meal preparation, laundry, housekeeping, health care, whirlpool baths and hairstyling.

"You guys don't have anything like it in Hudson," Comforts of Home President Charles Rothstein told City Council members.

The council also approved final development plans for two condominium buildings of 40 units each that Klingelhutz Companies of Chaska, Minn., intends to construct at the southwest corner of the Red Cedar Canyon development.

The buildings will be located on Hanley Road east of O'Neil Road and adjacent to St. Croix Business Park.

Darnold said the proposal is similar to a plan approved two years earlier by the city. The developer of that project didn't carry through with it.

No one from Klingelhutz Companies attended Monday's meeting. The plans submitted show two three-story buildings offering one- and two-bedroom apartments, as well as community and exercise rooms. The apartments on the plan range in floor space from 1,134 square feet to 1,429 square feet.

Traffic signal timing

The timing of traffic signals on Carmichael Road at Interstate 94 and on Crest View Drive continue to receive the mayor's and City Council's attention.

Breault instructed Jeff Postler of BRA & Associates to use data recently gather from signal controllers to retime them.

"If we don't expedite this, we're going to have all kinds of problems this summer," Breault said.

Motorists complain about sitting at needless red lights on Carmichael while traffic backs up on Crest View Drive, clogging the intersection of Crest View and Gateway Boulevard.

Postler reported that the Wisconsin Department of Transportation controls the timing of the traffic signals at the freeway entrances and exits.

Breault also suggested adding a third left-turn to Crest View Drive for traffic heading northbound onto Carmichael Road.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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