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Osage to improve its curb appeal

Osage to improve its curb appeal

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Osage recently took another step forward in improving the town’s curb appeal. It could create more housing at the same time.

Where there was once a trailer court at 319 South 1st Street, there will be new construction.

319 South 1st Street in Osage

The trailer court at 319 South 1st Street in Osage.

“It was an eyesore, you might say,” director of Osage's public works Jerry Dunlay said. “We were working for years, thinking ‘how can we clean that up?’”

The solution presented itself when a developer bought the property.

“He’s going to demo everything and then build two four-plexes,” Dunlay said.

The city therefore re-zoned the property to an R-3 General Residential, according to Dunlay, who began working on the zoning in December 2020. The previous residents of the trailers have been relocated.

“I didn’t hear of any hardship for anybody [moving],” Dunlay said.

Dunlay indicated the developer was Tim Schulz of Saint Ansgar, who will take possession March 1.

“He’s built many homes and he owns new duplexes in town here,” Dunlay said. “He does a nice job on these apartments. The neighborhood is happy. They’re nice, they’re new – he built one just like it up at Saint Ansgar, and it filled up right away. They’re not low-end. The city’s excited Tim’s stepped up and is going to do this. We are supporting him.

“I always look beyond the building itself. This is going to be good for our utilities and good for the city overall, and eventually for the tax base.”

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