Construction on an apartment complex next to Benson Park in North Mankato is under way.
With an eye toward 13 units in the years ahead, Craig Theuninck Construction of Kasota is starting with two four-unit apartments being built between the southeast corner of Benson Park and Arlington Lane on Carlson Drive. Completion is targeted for last winter or early spring.
North Mankato City Planner Mike Fischer said the apartments are similar to those Theuninck built at the intersection of Haughton Avenue and Howard Drive.
Residential construction has been expanding around Benson Park most recently with a subdivision built by Drummer Construction on Rolling Green Lane and Timm Road. Plans are for a natural resources-themed park (details here) complete with natural play areas, natural amphitheater, sugar shack/tree house in woodland, picnic area, outdoor classrooms and demonstration areas and a fishing pier on Ladybug Lake.
The city is hoping for state funding assistance to develop the park.