Mattamy Homes proposes to build 970 upscale houses
Mattamy Homes, Canada’s largest home builder, this week announced plans for a major development in Lakeville that will usher in even more building opportunities along Cedar Avenue.
By next spring, Mattamy Homes plans to start development for 970 upscale homes on a 472-acre site in Lakevillr.
The size and scope of the high-end housing project was the focus of a rare joint meeting with the Lakeville Planning Commission, Economic Development Commission, Parks and Recreation Committee and City Council on March 31.
Daren Laberee, Mattamy Homes land development manager, said the company will invest hundreds of millions to create the development in phases during the next decade or so.
Located off Cedar Avenue, south of Dodd Boulevard and east of Highview Avenue, most of the development is proposed on the west side of Cedar Avenue, south of Lakeville’s Central Maintenance Facility. Some housing is also planned to surround the east and south sides of the transit station on the east side of Cedar Avenue.
Construction of a skywalk or underground walkway across Cedar Avenue from the transit station is also being considered in discussions about the project, said Lakeville Mayor Matt Little.
The development allows for key water and sewer connections that City Administrator Steve Mielke described as “the first domino” that will encourage development of other adjacent parcels along Cedar Avenue.
Incorporated into the development plans is a 67-acre public park that Mielke compared to King Park or Aronson Park. Little called the park concept “exciting,” and said it could include more fields for baseball, softball, soccer or lacrosse.
The project will also allow for the extension of 185th Street between Highview Avenue and Cedar Avenue, a major piece of the plans for the road to be an east-west connection from Cedar to I-35.
“All that’s left is a three-quarter mile stretch between Highview (Avenue) and Dodd (Boulevard),” city Community and Economic Development Director Dave Olson said.
A new north-south city collector road is proposed through the project to connect from County Road 50 to Highview Avenue. Also proposed is the realignment of Dodd Boulevard to a more east-west direction to meet 179th Street at the stop light.
Laberee said Mattamy is planning the development to include 704 single-family homes, 138 row townhomes and 128 “age-targeted detached townhomes.
The detached townhomes are intended for seniors and designed as single-family-styled homes with all mowing, plowing, siding maintenance and trash removal provided through a homeowners association.
Homes are estimated to cost between $350,000 and $500,000, with lots that are 55 feet to 75 feet wide, some that may feature wooded backyards.
Laberee said the company envisions the development will attract higher-income executives with families and plans to build several private parks and a fitness center for residents’ use.
The development will feature a greenway next to tributaries that flow through the land, and Laberee said there may be several play areas along the linear parkland.
City officials praised the project and expressed excitement about the plans.
“This is another exciting development for Lakeville,” Little said. “It provides new options for those looking to move to Lakeville or those wanting to stay.
“Economically speaking, the overall project will increase enrollment in our schools, provide construction jobs for eight to 10 years and infuse revenue into the budget so we can keep up with growth and keep taxes low.”
City staff also indicated support for the development.
“We’re just very excited about this project and happy that they’ve chosen Lakeville to develop it in,” city Planning Director Daryl Morey said.