Monticello residents oppose proposed 92-unit apartment building

Plans for 92-unit apartment building located on 5.2 acres of vacant property within the southeast quadrant of County Highway 39 and Hart Boulevard received plenty of vocal opposition Tuesday night.

Residents attending an hour-long meeting Tuesday in the Mississippi Room at the Monticello Community Center were civil yet forceful in expressing their displeasure with the development concept.

St. Cloud-based IRET Properties is seeking rezoning and re-designation of the city land use requirements for the site from commercial and regional business zoning to residential and medium-high density residential.

“Our target audience is the luxury market,” said Andy Martin, IRET’s senior vice president for residential management.

Martin added IRET wasn’t required to conduct a meeting for residents, but wanted to do so in advance of a critical public hearing that will continue during a Tuesday, Sept. 3, Monticello Planning Commission meeting.

The Sept. 3 meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the Monticello Community Center’s Mississippi Room. Council members will still have the final say on IRET’s project even if commissioners recommend approval.

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