Showing its continuing prosperity in the housing sector, Woodbury ranks second among metro-area cities in residential permits issued in the first 11 months of 2013.
The city had issued 331 permits by the end of November, second only to Lakeville’s 345.
In another November-only category, Woodbury ranked fifth among cities with “permitted units,” meaning the total number of living units including multifamily buildings. Minneapolis led the field with 212, followed by Blaine with 41, Lakeville with 34, Ostego with 33 and Woodbury with 26.
For the year, Minneapolis had the most total permitted units of any city with 2,782. In that category, Woodbury didn’t rank in the top five.
No other Washington County city cracked the top five in any category. Numbers were issued Nov. 27 by the Builders Association of the Twin Cities.
Downtown hotel proposal gets TIF
A proposal for building a boutique hotel in some of Stillwater’s oldest buildings moved forward when the City Council approved $1.15 million in tax-increment financing (TIF).
The agreement with Stillwater Caves, LLC, limits the city’s initial payment to 25 percent of the total cost, or $287,500. The developer will earn the remainder as “qualified improvement costs” paid through a bank. The city expects it will be repaid on taxes generated from new revenue from the project.
The proposed hotel, in the historic Wolf Brewery complex at the south end of Stillwater’s downtown, would have as many as 40 guest rooms and create about 40 new jobs. Stillwater Caves asked for TIF on grounds that the buildings would require extensive repairs to make it suitable for renovation.
Council Member Ted Kozlowski, who represents downtown Stillwater, said the agreement protects the city’s interests while preserving structures of significant historic interest.
Mall to host Santa for breakfast event
A “Breakfast with Santa” event that features free photos with Santa and Christmas crafts for kids will be held at Valley Ridge Mall in Stillwater on Dec. 14.
The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon. Santa will arrive by fire truck at 9:30 a.m. The breakfast will cost $5 for adults and $2 for children. All proceeds will be donated to United Way of Washington County-East.
For more information, call 651-439-3838.