Camper cabins cost how much?!

  • Article by: LAURIE BLAKE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 17, 2012 - 10:57 PM

Seeking "wow factor" for new park, Dakota County runs into sticker shock.

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texas_technomanNov. 18, 1211:34 AM

Uh, Dakota Board, I read somewhere that there are still a lot of out of work construction folks looking for something to do. I bet you could get the price down to at least $75k!

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shushyn78Nov. 18, 1212:14 PM

My 14 x 16 four season porch with pine trimmed interior, Andersen windows, carpet, electrical and data wiring, ceiling fan and 9,000 btu heat/ AC inverter was built for $44,000. Get some more estimates commissioners. Someone is ttaking you for a ride.

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Lifeguard06Nov. 18, 12 7:53 PM

It's free govt money so it means it grows on trees, right?

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bosshogNov. 18, 1210:36 PM

I don't get what the "suspended above the ground like a treehouse" is for? Put a couple pillars in the ground and be done with it. Would also be a lot safer if there was a storm.

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rshacklefordNov. 19, 12 4:14 AM

This is a park and recreation department of just county, not state park or national park scope. Camper cabins will not add a "wow factor" to a metro-local park of former farm land with one overlook. Hiring architects and $90,000 for each cabin is completely ridiculous. Locate companies that cheaply pre-fab these and have your in-house, highly skilled, and union park maintenance workers complete the construction of them upon delivery of the parts.

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fourtreesNov. 19, 1211:56 AM

I'm just thinking of what Habitat for Humanity could do with that much money. My guess is that the higher off the ground the cabins go the higher the cost in making them ADA accessible.

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oleprofessorNov. 19, 12 4:26 PM

Whaaa ???? "It's a low-risk way to dip your toe into the overnight activities in the state park." Is it "low risk" because the taxpayers are footing the bill, or is it "low risk" because the "campers" are dangling above the ground in a bird cage, where bugs and other animals with acrophobia might not get to them?

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ssptownyNov. 20, 12 5:55 AM

http://www.startribune.com/local/south/106807343.html?refer=y

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klsjbeNov. 20, 12 9:46 AM

Dakota County board should check with the local high schools. Apple Valley High School has a program where the kids build a small house, and then auction it off. The kids could build cabins and then the county could move them onto the sites. They would get the cabins for the cost of the materials, and the students get valuable hands-on learning.

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