Address: 2988 Country View Dr., Maplewood
Developer: INH Properties
Architect: HMA Architects
Details: St. Cloud-based INH Properties has won approvals for a new 152-unit apartment project in the latest piece of the redevelopment puzzle for a former par-3 golf course in Maplewood.
The one-time Country View Golf Course was owned and operated by the Mogren family in a 16-acre area east of Hwy. 61 and south of Interstate 694. The course closed in 2004 and city officials in 2006 adopted a “planned unit development” that divided the course into four parcels, zoned for retail, and laid them out for commercial traffic volumes.
A Costco store opened on one of the sites in 2006, followed by a CarMax car dealership in 2010. Since then, however, the retail sector has stagnated while multifamily construction is booming.
Thus, city officials in July approved a high-density residential use for the third of the four parcels, a 5.6-acre lot north of Costco and fronting the Bruce Vento Regional Trail.
The Trail’s Edge of Maplewood will be a market-rate building with amenities such as a community room, theater, parcel and mail room and business office. Leveraging its direct access to the trail, INH’s plans to also include a bicycle room with a repair station and storage space for at least 40 bikes.
The developer said it hopes to begin construction in October with an expected opening of January or February 2020.