Could Fox Hollow Golf Club be ready to say farewell to the “Across the Road Nine?”
Less than two decades after owners decided to expand the Crow River’s course in St. Michael to 27 holes, Fox Hollow is now speaking with developers from Tradition Development to sell off the nine holes across the road from the main course, and make way for “Fox Hollow Estates,” a planned development complete with greenspace, a putting green and practice area, and plenty of “upper level” housing.
St. Michael and Fox Hollow Golf Club held an open house at the clubhouse on County Road 36 in St. Michael last week to inform both club members, property owners and St. Michael residents about the development, which is still in the early planning phases. Though actual building is “a long way away,” according to St. Michael Community Development Director Marc Weigle, the scope of the project requires a lot of information to be dispersed throughout the project, including the possiblity of expanding sewer and water services in St. Michael.
“The city’s comprehensive plan anticipates sewer and water to be extended northeast of Interstate 94 at such a time it can be supported by development,” Weigle state in comments supplied to North Wright County Today and attendees at last week’s open house. “A decision to extend these services has not been made by the city, though a study is being conducted this spring to determine the best design and preliminary costs.”
Weigle said that neighborhoods already developed northeast of the freeway would not be forced to connect to city services.
“We’re not aware, at this time, of any widespread septic problems. If that were to change, it could be an option, or if a neighborhood petitions the city.”
As for the development itself, it could add more than 150 homes to the community, making it the biggest build-out in St. Michael for quite some time. All told, the city added about 60 homes, total, in 2013.
The city said residents will have ample time to provide input on any development plans as representatives from Tradition move through the political and planning process, including preliminary plats, and planning and zoning meetings.
“The city requires any owners within 350 feet of a new development to be notified, as well as any owners abutting Foster Lake, in this instance,” Weigle said.