Bloomington developer eyes Stillwater for townhouse development

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An architect’s rendering of Sundance Stillwater, a proposed 187-unit townhouse development in Stillwater. The city’s planning commission will discuss the project on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2023. (Courtesy of Timberland Partners)

Bloomington-based Timberland Partners wants to build a 187-unit townhouse development at the southeast intersection of Manning Avenue and 80th Street North in Stillwater.

The 24-acre development, called Sundance Stillwater, would consist of market-rate rentals and would not require public assistance from the city, according to documents included in the city’s planning commission packet for Wednesday.

Timberland officials are requesting that the four parcels that make up the site area be rezoned to “cove townhouse residential,” a city zoning district that consists of medium-density residential, said Community Development Director Tim Gladhill. The land is currently zoned agricultural preservation, he said.

Neighbors will have a chance to learn more about the proposed development at a neighborhood workshop at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Stillwater City Hall; the city’s planning commission will discuss the project during its 7 p.m. meeting.

According to documents submitted with the application, Sundance will contain 17 two-story buildings with 8 to 14 units each that will be a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom townhomes. All units will have direct-access entries and at least one dedicated attached garage.

A residential development site plan.
The Sundance Stillwater site plan (Courtesy of Timberland Partners)

“There are no common corridors or common entries associated with any of the units allowing our residents increased privacy and sense of safety,” the documents state.

Plans call for the project to be constructed as one cohesive development with shared amenities, including a more than 5,000-square-foot clubhouse with full kitchen, community room, game lounge, fitness center and office space for the on-site management team.

“Connected to the clubhouse will be a large outdoor pool with an outdoor kitchen, including grilling stations and a fire pit,” according to the documents. “Site amenities will also include natural wetland buffers, ample green space, and a dog run and dog spa.”

The planning commission will vote Wednesday to either table or recommend that the Stillwater City Council approve or deny the rezoning request. Staff does not have a formal recommendation, Gladhill said.

If the rezoning request and subsequent future plat approvals are OKed by the council, Timberland hopes to start construction on Sundance Stillwater in late 2023 or early 2024, Gladhill said.

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“The plans fit into the city’s comprehensive plan, which calls for a variety of housing types and are obtainably priced,” he said. “But we’re still very early in the process. There are still a number of steps and opportunities for input on final design.”

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