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Room for new housing . . . KDAK LLC has finalized the transaction
to purchase about two city blocks of property for a price of $300,000. The property
is located north of the old city landfill in the south part of Kenmare. KDAK did grading work
at the site, as well as water and sewer infrastructure, a year ago. A portion of the two new
12-plex apartment buildings and garages can be seen at the right side of the photo.
By Caroline Downs
After more than a year of discussions, planning and speculation, the Kenmare Community Development Corporation sold a tract of property south of Division Street between 5th and 7th Avenues for the construction of single- and multi-family homes.
The parties involved say the transaction should benefit the city of Kenmare as well as individuals and families looking for housing options in the area.
Kenmare Mayor Roger Ness and Jerome Kuechle of Kimball, Minnesota, developer and principal for the project with KDAK LLC, met last Wednesday to finalize the transaction. The closing will take place in the coming weeks.
According to Ness, KDAK paid the Kenmare Development Corporation $300,000 for the property, which is just under two city blocks in size. KDAK already owns a third block adjacent to the property purchased last week.
Single- and multi-family
Kuechle said KDAK has plans to build two 12-unit apartment buildings, 28 duplexes and 5 single-family homes on the property. “That’s what’s slated for now,” he said. “It should be quite an addition to the community.”
A separate community building was included in the original design for the development, but Kuechle indicated plans for that building may have changed. “We’re not sure how that’s going to be handled at this point,” he said.
KDAK crews actually did excavation and dirt work on the site when crews were available during the late summer and fall of 2012, at no cost to the city. “All the grading work was completed then,” said Kuechle.
Because of weather concerns with winter approaching, Kuechle said construction on the buildings will begin in 2014. “We’ll start in early spring,” he said.
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