More multi-family housing is coming to Woodbury.

Bloomington development firm Timberland Partners, Inc. is planning to build 218 rental townhome units within 23 separate two-story structures at the southwest corner of Hudson Road and Settlers Ridge Parkway. The project, called Sundance Woodbury in planning documents, was approved Aug. 14 by Woodbury City Council.

In addition to the townhomes, the developer plans to add a loop road that would serve those living in the buildings. Amenities will include a clubhouse, an outdoor pool and a dog run. Ryan Sailer, Timberland's vice president of development, said a community garden is planned for an open plot of land within the property.

Sundance Woodbury will consist of eight- and 10-unit structures. The collection of buildings will include 80 one-bedroom units, 114 two-bedroom units and 24 three-bedroom units.

The project will join other multi-family developments in that corner of the city, including Dancing Waters and City Walk, as well as the recently-opened Legends of Woodbury senior living complex.

A map of the southwest corner of Hudson Road and Settlers Ridge Parkway, where Sundance Woodbury is planned. Courtesy of the city of Woodbury
A map of the southwest corner of Hudson Road and Settlers Ridge Parkway, where Sundance Woodbury is planned. Courtesy of the city of Woodbury

Sailer said he expects ground will be broken in March or April 2020, with the clubhouse and the "first few buildings" expected by August or September 2020. The project's expected completion date is around August 2021.

When asked by a Planning Commission member why the townhomes would be rentals, Sailer called the development "pretty unique" and said he didn't think there were many rental communities like it.

"The millennials that we're talking about now are ... starting families, a lot of them with student loan debt or can't save up for a down payment, so there's a need for a townhome-like product," Sailer said. "Not everybody wants to live in a four- or six-story apartment building. And so for us, that's why we're building this project in this location."

City planner Eric Searles addressed concerns about a bald eagle nest located near Settlers Ridge Parkway, saying the city would make sure there would be no construction equipment in the area of the tree. The developer is also required to obtain a permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Searles added that avoiding a different bald eagle's nest during construction in the Bailey Lake area was "not an issue."