253-unit luxury apartment complex coming to Woodbury
The Woodbury City Council approved a 253-unit apartment complex for its CityPlace development during its Oct. 10 meeting.
The apartment complex, called “The Preserve at CityPlace,” will be the first residential space built within the development, which sits on the land once occupied by the State Farm Insurance regional office. The 14.3-acre plot at Hudson Road and Spring Hill Drive where the apartments are planned is currently vacant. Construction is set to begin in 2019.
“The vision that the developers had and the city concurred with was to have someplace to work and live and stay and to be that environment, and this piece completes that,” Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens said.
The change required the site to be rezoned from “places to work” to “high-density residential” in the city’s 2030 Comprehensive Plan.
The complex will be a mix of one‐, two‐ and three‐bedroom apartment and townhome units on the top-five levels of the building. The complex will have a flat roof, consistent with other buildings in development, for an “urban feel.”
More than 400 underground parking spots will be located on the bottom two levels, with about 50 outdoor spots for guests. Community Development Director Dwight Picha said city apartment projects have had too much parking in the past, something it is trying to prevent with future projects by basing the amount of parking spots on the number of beds.
Because of the sloped landscape, the building will appear to be five stories in some places and seven in others. Though no demolition is needed at the site, an environmental study found existing dirt on the site should be replaced before construction begins.
Giuliani Stephens said she was impressed with how the plans for the complex turned out, especially with the “challenging” topography of the site.
The complex also backs up to a large patch of mature oak trees, which Picha said will be left alone. The city plans to keep existing plant life along Hudson Road, where a sidewalk will be added.
The CityPlace development currently includes retail, commercial and office space.
Future neighbors voice opinions
The city held two neighborhood meetings where traffic and landscaping were among the most popular topics.
Some residents who live around the CityPlace development said they wanted more landscaping as the project moves forward. As a result, additional landscaping along Hudson Road was added as a condition of approval.
At the Oct. 10 City Council meeting, a resident expressed concern about two large ponds that would be added on the currently vacant site and a possibly increased threat of flooding.
Picha responded, clarifying that only one of the features was a stormwater pond and the other was an infiltration basin, used to manage stormwater runoff, prevent flooding and erosion, and help improve the quality of water going to a lake, river or stream. According to city documents, the stormwater features will also help manage some of the drainage from Hudson Road.
Picha added that the plans had been reviewed by the city's Engineering Department and the South Washington County Watershed District and meet all of the criteria for both organizations' stormwater management plans. The existence of the ponds should not increase the water levels of the wetlands located nearby, he said.
Another resident expressed appreciation to city staff, saying they had been open and receptive to feedback throughout the planning of the project.