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August 06, 2008

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Bloomington Boomer

As 30 yr Bloomington residents my husband and I watched the council and planning meetings on this issue. I don't argue that large structures always impact nearby homes. However, I would like to point out that this building would not be plopped down smack dab in the middle of single family neighborhood. This location is right on the edge of commercial properties on Penn and apartment/townhomes on American Blvd. and single family homes to the south and west. Also, I beleive the Applewood developments offer what is as close to "affordable" condo living as you can get. The development failures you speak of...at least in Bloomington...were mostly for upscale-expensive units. Our 80 something neighbors have twice put deposits down for new units in developments at 106th & Lyndale and elsewhere and they've both fallen thru. They have decided to stay put in their home after all. At any rate, it's clear that "affordable"housing for seniors will be in increasing demand and this spot is on the edge of single family homes and commercial/shopping area. I think it's pretty darn ideal. Would I like it right next door? It depends..if an empty plot of land has to be developed I can think of many worse projects to go there. I would like to know that if and when the time comes I would not have to be on a years long waiting list for the few places I could afford. Yes, ideally we would all like small buildings...lots of green space...no traffic. But, that's not economic reality and it's not going to be any time soon. That being said, I want to thank you for writing this unique blog. I find it very interesting and informative. I hope you continue to inform and give us your valuable insight. Thanks.

Lisa Dunn

There's no doubt that affordable housing for seniors is already in high demand. As was mentioned in the article, Applewood already has a number of units sold. Another testement to the need is other Subsidized housing in Minneapolis has long waiting lists. As you pointed out, when it's time for you to move,it's nice to be able to do so on your own timeline and not have to wait if you don't want to! Applewood cooperatives are lovely communities, and there are certainly worse uses for a a plot of land!

When I read articles about this topic I could certainly understand the neighbor's point of view that didn't want a large building built right behind them. I'm not sure what the answer is. How do we satisfy the need of our aging population in the first ring suburbs while not disrupting well established neighborhoods? It's clear compromises will need to be made by both the developers and neighboring communities. Afterall, communities that are able to pave a path for safe, affordable and desirable senior housing communities have a lot to gain!

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