HJ/EDMarch 13, 2006

Lakeshore property in New Germany?

By Dave Cox
Staff Writer

Developer Grant Hustad of Trophy Lake Estates would like to create a development around two man-made lakes on a 160-acre parcel northwest of New Germany.

Hustad explained his proposal to the city council Wednesday.

The concept involves creation of two man-made, 2,300-foot parallel lakes for recreational water sports.

The lakes would be separated by a berm that would include an observation area, tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts, and other recreational facilities.

Hustad said the 2,300-foot length provides optimum efficiency for sports such as water skiing.

No personal watercrafts would be allowed in the project.

Most areas of the lakes would be about six feet deep, but some areas of the lakes would be 12 or 14 feet deep to provide fish habitat.

The lakes would be stocked with walleye, bass, and yellow perch.

Food and oxygen levels would be monitored, and the lake would be aerated.

Chemical weed killers and algaecides would be used to maintain water quality.

Hustad said these projects are environmentally friendly, and provide storm water retention and eliminate erosion issues.

Chemicals can be used because these would be private lakes, but DNR restrictions are followed, according to Hustad.

Hustad has built three similar projects in Minnesota – at Glenwood, Pine Island, and Chisago County.

He said there are many other similar developments around the country.

The developments are built on sites that naturally collect water.

“In Chisago County, we collected 10 million gallons during the construction phase,” Hustad said.

The proposal includes about 30 homes around the lakes, and additional off-lake houses to bring the project total to about 90, Hustad said.

Lake lots would sell for $175,000 to $200,000, and houses would start at about $250,000. Off-lake lots would start at about $65,000. Lake lots would be 1.5 acres, and off-lake lots would be about a third of an acre, Hustad said.

Any houses built as part of the project would be regulated by a covenant and would need to be approved by an architectural review committee.

These projects are self-sufficient and private, but some events are open to the public, Hustad commented.

The project would probably host four events per year, according to Hustad.

The roads within the project would be private roads, and would be built and maintained by the developer.

Hustad said the development would want to connect to city sewer and water.

“We have a base of people that are looking for lots, and most of the lake lots are already committed,” Hustad said.

The projects provide a family environment for people who are interested in water sports, according to Hustad.

Council members expressed support for the proposed development and said it would be good for the community.

Hustad said he would like to start the project as soon as August.

Mayor Franklin Schoenke said that improvements that are already being planned for the city’s sewer system will not be completed until late 2007 or 2008.

The property in question is in Hollywood Township, and the council told Hustad that he could work with the township, and if the township agrees, it could present a request for annexation to the city.

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