Public hearing scheduled regarding improvements in Upsala

by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer

The city of Upsala will host a public hearing regarding improvements to Walnut Avenue and Hillcrest Street, Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. in City Hall.

Roach Development, with offices in Little Falls and townhome developments in Stearns, Todd, Morrison, Otter Tail, Pope, Wadena and Benton counties, has not yet signed an agreement with the city of Upsala regarding the construction of a new townhouse development at the corner of South Main Street and Walnut Avenue, diagonally across from the high school.

The city did receive a letter of intent from Terry Roach via email, Jan. 6, describing his plan to build an unspecified number of townhomes in Upsala.

“We’d like him to build 16 units,” said Interim City Clerk/Treasurer Reva Mische.

The letter of intent acknowledged that the city of Upsala’s plans for improvements in the area of the proposed development are heavily reliant on Roach Development’s participation in the project.

The city’s proposed street and water service improvements include constructing wider streets with curb and gutter within the development, something that has not been done in other Roach projects.

An informational meeting was held Feb. 5. The City Council was in attendance, with Financial Adviser David Drown, City Engineer Scott Hedlund, Public Works Supervisor Frank Koopmeiners and four property owners who would be directly affected by the improvement.

“The discussion was low-key,” Mische said. “The meeting closed with ideas of how to make changes to the plan that would benefit both the city and the property owners concerned.”