SE sponsors rehab application

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Sunrise Manor

By Fritz Busch

Staff Writer

SLEEPY EYE – The Sleepy Eye City Council approved a resolution Tuesday supporting a $520,000 grant application to rehabilitate the Sunrise Manor property.

Sunrise Manor is a 32-unit, Section 8, low-income family property in southwest Sleepy Eye. It was purchased in 2008 by CommonBond Communities which is requesting deferred Small Cities Development Program (SCDP) funds for a $1.4 million project to buy energy-saving and environmentally-friendly elements.

Project plans include new flooring, lighting, cabinetry, appliances, doors, water heaters, furnaces, playground equipment, grading/landscaping as well as expanded office and community room space.

CommonBond plans to submit an application June 18 to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Other project funding sources include new RD 538 debt to finance acquisition and rehab costs. Funding awards will be announced in October.

The city council approved:

Giving a resident who lives on 2nd Ave. N.W. two weeks to get rid of nine dogs after complaints were received about the noise and number of dogs. A city ordinance allows residents to have no more than two dogs, according to Sleepy Eye City Manager Mark Kober.

A variance for Bill Walter for George Walter Jr., allowing construction of a garage and kitchen addition to the west side of his home with a two-foot setback and six-foot north side setback. Required setback was 7 1/2 feet.

Reason for the request was a need to build a two-stall garage. Available space is limited due to no alley access, according to the application.

In other action, the council granted licenses for plumbing firms and liquor sales.

(Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at

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