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New housing project begins: It includes 28 townhomes, 56-unit complex

Members of the "Green Pastures" consulting team include (from left): developer Doug Wenzel; surveyor Mark Jahner, Stoeckel Jahner Surveying; civil engineer Matt Hagstrom, Hagstrom Engineering; and architectural draftsman Clint Bachman, CB Designs. (Contributed)1 / 3
This new drawing shows Doug and Joan Wenzel's development plans for a 56-unit apartment complex and 28 market-rate single-family homes on the north side of Latoka Drive SW (County Road 90). (Drawing courtesy of Hagstrom Engineering) 2 / 3
Developer Doug Wenzel, Surveyor Mark Jahner and Developer Joan Wenzel stand by a sign showing their project during the groundbreaking. (Contributed) 3 / 3

Work is now underway on the new "Green Pastures" housing development near Latoka Drive and County Road 45 in west Alexandria.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held June 22. About 35 people from city officials to the general public attended the event.

Doug and Joan Wenzel's development will build 28 market-rate townhomes and a three-story, 56-unit apartment complex. The Alexandria City Council unanimously approved the planned unit development at its Feb. 26 meeting.

Although the homes are called townhomes, the consultants for the project, Hagstrom Engineering of Alexandria, refers to them as single family homes. They are stand-alone units with attached garages.

The development will have a large amount of common green space consisting of pockets of tuft areas and native plantings.

Also, two wetlands encompass eight acres of the center of property, which will be enhanced with vegetation. There will be benches for seating and a small public pocket park for users to enjoy.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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