Townhouse units: 36

Single-family homes: 28

Developer: Pulte Homes of Minnesota

Details: Pulte Homes has finalized plans for additions to townhouse and single-family homesites in its Enclave at New Brighton Exchange development.

Three years after first approaching city officials about building out the once-contaminated site in the New Brighton Exchange redevelopment zone, Pulte on Jan. 27 received final plat approvals. The additions call for 36 townhouses arrayed across five buildings and 28 single-family home lots, completing the entitlement process for the entire 27-acre "urban village."

Some 61 single-family lots in the effort's first phase were approved last year. Construction on those has begun.

Under the newest plans, Pulte will position the three-story townhouses along Old Hwy. 8. The builder says it will be introducing a new concept in the Twin Cities market with the units, which will range from 1,800 to 2,500 square feet. Buyers will have options for a "habitable attic" that include another bedroom, a loft and/or a rooftop terrace, making the units individualized.

Pulte says it is aiming to start site work on the townhouses in May or June, with a model home opening and sales beginning between October and December. The timing of the single-family homes is dependent on sales in the first phase.

The New Brighton Exchange, a 100-acre area at the northwest corner of Interstates 35W and 694, is a former commercial zone that once held an asphalt plant, a household debris dump, two rendering plants and other polluting industries.

Don Jacobson is a freelance writer in St. Paul. He can be contacted at