LITTLE FALLS - Ballpark diamonds or a city park, along with a multi-family residential development, are projects that J & M Developers would like to see as part of its housing development called Sunrise Addition, located just north of Little Falls.
Michael Corrow of J & M Developers talked about his plans Monday at a Little Falls City Council meeting. Sunrise Addition was created a few years ago along old Morrison County Road 76 and there are close to 100 single family residential lots.
Corrow said he and his partner, Gerald Thomes, would like to add three ballparks to the property and then enter into a long-term agreement with the city and the Little Falls School District for the two entities to eventually take over the proposed parks.
"We'd like to keep these ballparks open to the public," said Corrow. "We hear there is a need for ballparks in Little Falls. But if the city doesn't want the ballparks our second option would be to add a city park which would be on seven acres of the property."
Corrow said they want to rezone 400 feet of the Planned Unit Development property to a non-central business district for businesses that would qualify for a B-3 zone, which could include a small office or day care center.
The council held a public hearing on the rezone, but the discussion from the residents who spoke at the hearing addressed their concerns about the multi-family housing development.
Gwen Welinski, who lives at the Sunrise Addition, was in favor of the ballparks, but didn't want to have rental apartments in her neighborhood.
"I don't want people moving in and out," said Welinski. "I love this neighborhood and I don't want to move."
James Hershey, who also lives in the Sunrise Addition, said he went with Corrow to see an example of a multi-family development in Walker. Hershey said he is comfortable with the proposed project coming to Little Falls. Hershey said the development would be rental, but it would be in a controlled environment and if there would be a problem, people could be evicted.
The council sent the rezone request to its planning and zoning commission to review and come back to the city council to make a recommendation.
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