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Eagle River City Council Approves Large Residential Facility, New Church


 A large 64 unit residential development east of Oak Road along with seven residential town houses was approved last week by the Eagle River city council along with approving construction of a new Lutheran church on the present Lutheran school block.

Legacy of the Northwoods requested a zoning change to planned unit development in the city comprehensive plan to construct two 32-unit community development residential facilities off Winter Road along with seven town houses. The city plan commission held public hearings and recommended approval from the city council.

“The first 32-unit facility is expected to be completed by next spring,” according to city administrator Joe Laux. “Each of the two facilities will have 15 units for persons with dementia.”

The plan identifies two areas for water runoff, one is a drainage area and the other a retention pond.

Each of the residential facilities will have a secure outdoor area of 2,000 square feet.

The council approved the development as presented to the plan commission along with a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) agreement should the development seek and obtain tax exempt statues in the future. The PILOT is attached to the deed and will exist for the first 20 years and can be extended in five year increments after that.

New Lutheran Church

The council followed the recommendation of the city plan commission and approved a conditional use permit for expansion of the existing Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Wisconsin Synod, to the block just north of the present church that has the Lutheran school on it.

The plan has the present church to be demolished about one year after the new construction is completed.

Council members expressed concern over initiating an impact fee on city streets as a result of the construction. Silver Lake Drive has been improved to accommodate heavy truck traffic but side streets need attention for any damage from construction activity.

The council directed administrator Laux to designate a mapped route for construction vehicles with any damage to other streets not on the designated route to be paid for by the church.

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