Judge says Bloomington nursing home can expand

  • Article by: MARY JANE SMETANKA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 12, 2013 - 1:55 PM

The city will appeal a judge's decision on adding 67 units at Martin Luther Campus.

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lrockmanFeb. 13, 1310:32 AM

I live where this is. The place is basically at the end of a cul-de-sac in our neighborhood. to get there one has to pass a grade school where there is often after shool activities and parking up and down the block. Add to this the "MLM Campus". It really is a lot of congestion. And then there is the winter with banks of snow into the street. The City of Bloomington saw our situation and agreed that they had outgrown the footprint of the neighborhood. I just feel so bad for the elderly neighbors that live across from this. I thank our city for fighting our battle; I just hope they can win an appeal.

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catchaclueFeb. 13, 1311:12 AM

I live in Bloomington and cherish all my neighbors that are "aging in place" where they've lived all of their lives. They have a pulse on the neighborhood and are not hidden away in some overbuilt "McMansion on steroids" that fails to fit in. Knock on wood, I intend to do the same in my home. Maybe I will not be so lucky, but I can hope. Bravo to the Bloomington City Council for standing by it's citizen residents in this neighborhood. Citizens just want the city to live by it's code - protect the residential neighborhoods while doing redevelopment in areas that aren't strong. Take a look at the Burnsville "Heart of the City" development and the new Bloomington "downtown"/"Penn America" development - that's *exactly* where new senior residence should be mixed in - why in the world don't you see senior housing going right into the center of these supposed mixed use districts? When they are built to redevelop blight, say in an area where commercial or industrial use has fallen off, no reasonable person will have an issue with them. When they are built in such a fashion as to diminish the character of a stable residential neighborhood, such as this one, it only makes sense that the residential neighbors will be unhappy - "McMansion on Steroids" is not what anyone expects next to their house. So, as I often say, catch a clue . . .

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marlythedogFeb. 14, 1311:44 AM

This neighborhood is hidden gem in Bloomington. The housing is diverse as is the people who live here. The current Martin Luther Manor facility is appropriate for the size of the property. The development of a 67 unit would decimate this gem of a neighborhood. The traffic now is excessive and so is the noise from the A/C units in the summer. A 67 unit building is not a good match for the property or the surrounding area. Thank you Bloomington for going to bat for your residents. We are hard working people who have supported the city and schools for years and want to protect our property and area from this inappropriate invasion of big business.

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basia2186Feb. 16, 13 6:23 PM

How does it feel, City of Bloomington to have a higher authority telling you what you can and cannot do with your land?

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