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Large residential development planned in Alexandria

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- A development large enough for 1,200 residents is moving ahead in southeast Alexandria across from the new high school near Lake Burgen.

LBR Properties is pursuing the 54-acre development known as Stonemanor, east of Pioneer Road.

LBR plans to build eight apartment buildings - two three-story buildings containing 63 units each and six four-story buildings containing 86 units each. That's a total of 642 multi-family residential units. If an average of two people are in each unit, there could be 1,284 people living there.

Plans call for walking paths, picnic areas, playgrounds, gazebos and sports courts.

The development also has 9.9 acres set aside for commercial use, which is not yet specified, but could include retail stores, a bank, a gas station/convenience store, a dental office or other uses.

The development cleared a few major hurdles at Monday night's Alexandria City Council meeting but the public and government agencies will have opportunities to weigh in on the project.

Not everyone is welcoming it with open arms. Some residents near the lake expressed worries about the magnitude of the development and its impact on the lake.