by Dan Linehan

The Free Press, Mankato, MN

Date: June 26, 2009

MANKATO Mankato’s planning commission unanimously approved a 92-house student housing development Wednesday over the objections of parents who said it was too close to the forthcoming Rosa Parks Elementary School.

You probably couldn’t get a more different land use than college housing and an elementary school, said Brian Maciej, who lives nearby.

But the commission noted the school district has no objections to the development, and city staff said there’s no glaring violation of city code.

The development’s style is a first in Mankato for student housing. It consists of a series of three-to five-bedroom houses, some connected and others free-standing. A wall rings the entire 17-acre subdivision, which is located southwest of the intersection of Pohl Road and Timberwolf Drive.

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