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A pre-application sketch review, for a plan that includes apartments, park and rides and retail space at the Four Seasons development site off Rockford Road and Highway 169, will come before the Plymouth City Council Tuesday, June 25.

A pre-application sketch review, for a plan that includes apartments, park and rides and retail space at the Four Seasons development site off Rockford Road and Highway 169, will come before the Plymouth City Council Tuesday, June 25.

The plan was presented for an informal review at the June 5 Plymouth Planning Commission meeting in which commissioners and residents shared their input on the proposed plan by Dominium Development.

The conceptual sketch for the 17.3 acre site currently includes a five-story, 210-unit senior apartment building; two four-story apartment buildings; a three-level 229-space parking ramp that would both serve the residents and as a park-and-ride facility; and an estimated 14,300 square-feet of commercial space.

Over-arching themes brought up by the commissioners and residents for the applicant to consider are the density of the site, parking, traffic, and height of the buildings.

Commissioner Bryan Oakley said there was a shortage of green space and parking, “but I think there is a lot to like about his proposal.”

He was concerned with the two restaurants with drive-thrus, and that the space could “potentially turn into a fast-food area.”

“I think we still need some level of control as to what may go in there” as far as retail space,” Oakley said.

A resident also questioned the density of the space and the need for such four- and five-story buildings.

As far as the concerns over density, a representative from Dominium explained that the vacancy rate was “is historically low” and there is demand for affordable developments for seniors and families.

No action was taken at the meeting and the council will have an opportunity to share its input on the sketch plan at the Tuesday, June 25, council meeting.

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Kristen Miller is the community editor for the Sun Sailor, covering the communities of Plymouth, Hopkins and Minnetonka. Email story ideas to kristen.miller@ecm-inc.com

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