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Rochester development expanding

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Neighbors in Northeast Rochester are preparing for the potential expansion of a popular housing development.

The Stonehedge Estates development went before the Planning and Zoning committee Wednesday, the first step in adding 31 new lots to the city.

Though some neighbors in the area do have some concerns with the expanding development, many see this as a sign of growth in the Rochester economy.

The area along Stone Point Dr. NE and Cameo Place is filled relatively new homes,but in recent years they've seen a drop in new construction. That is until the past few months.

"People are happy to see construction and productivity. It just means that the economy is improving," said Bradley Goeden a neighbor and home builder.

With an increase in home building this spring, the Stonehedge Estates development is looking to continue expanding.

Wednesday the Planning and Zoning Commission approved a Plat to allow the subdivision to extend Cameo Pl. NE and add 31 new lots.

"As the city is growing, as northeast Rochester is developing, we're coming out of an economic slump, and we have an opportunity to develop some new lot" said Mark Engel the development landscape architect. "The pressure for residential development is beginning to pick up, and I believe the developer is trying to take advantage of that opportunity."

The developer hopes to have the lots available to purchase by late this summer, and for Goeden that's only good news. He says people are already waiting to buy up those lots.

"There is a dramatic shortage of quality lots in Rochester especially in the Northeast side of town and the expansion of the Cameo Lane, Cameo Place is a great asset to Stonehedge and the Morris Hills area," Goeden said.

With the proposed destination medical center, the need for quality lots will only grow.

We spoke with other neighbors today who did not want to go on camera, but they said their biggest concerns where increased traffic, especially while houses are being constructed along the street.

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