The builder proposing to construct 12 new houses on the St. Croix River in the city of St. Croix Falls has withdrawn the request. Stillwater-based Green Halo owner John Sharkey told the Star Tribune that the decision was in response to community opposition:
“I want to be part of something that the community wants, and it’s obvious that the community doesn’t want this,” said Sharkey, who sat through a St. Croix Falls Plan Commission meeting last month in which numerous people spoke out against the project.
“I really heard the community,” he said Wednesday. “I grew up on the St. Croix River so I totally respect it.” The project was scrubbed from the company’s website on Wednesday.– Opposition causes developer to abandon St. Croix River development, Star Tribune
The St. Croix Falls city council was intending to vote on re-zoning required for the proposal this coming Monday, June 13.
The plan would have placed a dozen new houses, advertised as “cabins” and “second homes,” on about 600 feet of St. Croix River shoreline. It would have been located just upstream of National Park Service headquarters and the Xcel Energy hydroelectric dam. With the proposed re-zoning, the development could have put the houses no more than 10 feet apart, and just 50 to 75 feet set back from the river.
Yesterday, St. Croix Falls resident Rhonda Kingery told St. Croix 360 she had already collected more than 200 signatures on a petition opposing the project. An online petition against the development, only launched this week, had 498 signatures as of this writing.
Allison Mcginnis says
Great news! For now….
Jessica Turtle says
Jon Erik Kingstad says
That’s really good news. I’m so grateful to those who showed up at the St. Croix Falls hearing and those who started and joined in signing the petitions opposing this poorly conceived project. But also, it just may have occurred to the developer that this development also needed a conditional use permit from Polk County and that it needed to comply with the Polk County Shoreland Protection Ordinance. At the very least. that Ordinance would have prevented construction of any residences or other structures within 75 feet of the river.
Rhonda Kingery says
Isn’t it “funny” that the Developer LISTENED to the people…NOT the ELECTED Officials?
Donald Frantz says
My exact though too!
Eddie! Emerson says
Thanks for your efforts, Rhonda!
Go Hamilton Street!
Carol LeBreck says
I’m so pleased that “the peoples’ voices” were HEARD and RESPECTED!!
That was a little too easy. He will be back with a different plan.
I agree. Keep your ears and eyes open, this is probably not over.
Mike Kemp says
The visionaries that created the scenic Rivers act ! Score one from the grave !
Dianne S Polasik says
I see Deb Ryan of Wild River Conservancy suggested working together with city of St. Croix Falls and National Park Service to plan a vision for the land going forward and fund raising support if needed. I think that’s a great idea to plan for preserving our wild and scenic river and maybe connecting existing trails. That’s something I would financially support.