Public Hearing on Proposed $60 Million Senior Living Facility in Stillwater is Tonight

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A public hearing for the proposed development of a $60 million senior living facility on Long Lake is happening at 7 p.m. tonight at Stillwater City Hall.

The Stillwater City Council continued last month’s public hearing to give residents who were out of town for spring break an opportunity to comment about the proposed Croix Bay development, a 50-acre senior living facility on County Road 12 between Rutherford Elementary School and Grace Baptist Church.

The development plans are still in the early stages. There will be at least five more public hearings before the council makes a decision.

Following Tuesday’s hearing, the council will consider:

  1. Granting Northland Real Estate Group conceptual approval for a Planned Unit Development;
  2. Discuss possible zoning amendments that would allow the developer to construct one building to be about six inches taller than the 35 feet currently allowed for approval of special use permits for senior living projects;
  3. Discuss rezoning three of the development’s six parcels from “Agricultural Preservation” to “Lakeshore Residential” and the other three to “Parks, Recreation and Open Space.”

Croix Bay is a proposed 4-story, 234-unit, multiple-building project that would offer a range of living options, including independent living, senior cooperatives, assisted living and memory care units.

The project proposal also includes plans for a coffee shop, childcare facility and other small business space, the construction of a gazebo, a pedestrian trail along Long Lake and public green space.

The proposed development has drawn opposition from neighbors living along Long Lake, in the Liberty and Croixwood neighborhoods.

Fritz Knaak, a lawyer hired by Long Lake landowners opposed to the project told the city council that Croix Bay “represent an enormous change” in the neighborhood.

Here is video of the March Public Hearing:

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