Plymouth's Elm Creek Golf Course is giving way to high-end homes

  • Article by: Shannon Prather , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 10, 2013 - 1:55 PM

With the Elm Creek Golf Course closing, the area is now being converted to high-end homes.

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mkuldaSep. 10, 13 4:24 PM

So about 10 years ago the intersection of County Road 47 and Vicksburg in the northwest part of Plymouth was slated for a similar redevelopment. County Road 47 was a small, two-lane idyllic, meandering road that was quite fitting for a small rural countryside. But when the city’s planners and the Met Council got involved what was proposed was a large area of dense housing. The neighbors of Lake Camelot Estates and Rosemary Woods generally complained that the plan had too many units and would cause undue stress to County Road 47. But the city council and planning commission didn’t listen and what did the neighbors get? A huge four story apartment building with subsidized rent, dozens of ‘affordable housing’ apartment/townhouse units, also with subsidized rent, and a townhouse development with hundreds of units, coupled with a few dozen more spacious lots in Taryn Hills…and a nursing home that has yet to be built. It was far too many units and now County Road 47 is dangerous due to much higher traffic levels that the road simply cannot handle. There’s already been one bicyclist fatality there in recent years and there will be more. But if you live next to a golf course that’s being redeveloped not too far away, what do you get? $1.5-million homes laid out in luxury and not stacked up like at CR 47 & Vicksburg. Why is the golf course redevelopment being treated differently. Because the golf course neighbors are richer, that’s why. If super dense housing and rent assisted units were needed for northwest Plymouth, then the same should be foisted upon the neighbors at Elm Creek Golf Course.

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segavinSep. 11, 13 4:08 PM

Little boxes on the hillside little boxes made of ticky tacky little boxes on the hillside and they all look just the same.

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dragon2000Sep. 12, 1312:08 AM

This is how it usually starts: "$500000-$1500000 homes" ... this is how it usually ends: "$170000-$280000 homes, apartments, gas station, strip mall.

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mspreader1Sep. 12, 1311:59 AM

@mkulda---sour grapes? you are clearly exagerating and besides, hampton hills golf course did redevelop...its is low-density single family homes. you are referring to one intersection of Vickbsurg and CO RD, both of which are and have been planned to be upgraded to 4 lanes...i.e. not the meandering country road it was. sorry, life happens and so does change. there is no conspiracy other than the fact you are likely upset becuase your 1980s house is far outdated compared to the new SF homes in the area and it may affect you personally. lastly, you clearly don't know the definition of dense housing nor have any insight into housing prerences. if you don't like it, stay away from it...its your choice.

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mkuldaSep. 14, 1312:41 AM

mspreader1...the INTERSECTION at CR 47 and Vicksburg was upgraded so that it could have a stop light from the former 4-way stop sign and turn lanes were added, but you are absolutely wrong in saying the road is getting upgraded. The road itself has not been and will not be getting upgraded anytime soon. When the residents asked about it several years ago, they were told it isn't even in the 15-year-plan. County Road 47 needed to be made into a four-lane road just like Bass Lake Road was BEFORE the additional dense housing was added. But the city's leaders were obviously only concerned with getting as much dense housing possible and thus the highest level of tax revenue that comes with it and didn't really care about the neighbor's concerns. The house I bought was built in the mid 1990s and has appreciated fine. I don't care at all about that. I DO care about the fact that my kids have to cross County Road 47 to catch the bus and go to the park. It is dangerous stretch because it meanders and has bad sight lines. There will be many more fatal accidents there eventually. And when the neighbors complained that the new housing was going to add too much traffic to a road that was not built to handle it, little was done. The housing came and now County Road 47 is very difficult to navigate at rush hours and nearly impossible to cross at times. That's an area that should have had sparse housing....not dense housing because the roads were not big enough to handle the extra crush of traffic. Elm Creek's area has plenty of four lane roadways adjacent and could easily handle the same density that currently sits at CR 47 and Vicksburg. But the golf course's neighbors will get to have spacious million dollar homes and not have to have all the traffic and other issues that come with dense housing. I spent much time gathering and distributing details when the development in that area was happening, including in Hampton Hills. I know plenty about housing density, despite your false attempts to make it sound as if I don't.

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