From 'Raspberry Road' to 'Dove Court,' development planned on land owned by Prince could honor singer

May 29, 2019 07:50 PM

The 188 acres of land in Chanhassen formerly owned by the late music icon Prince is a big step closer to becoming a major housing development. 

Lennar Homes recently submitted its final plans for the property, including details that range all the way down to proposed street names.


Homeowners in the development could one day live on "Raspberry Road," "Dove Court," or "Alphabet Street," nods to three of Prince's many big hits, "Raspberry Beret," "When Doves Cry" and "Alphabet Street." There is also a cul de sac named "Nelson Path," in honor of  Prince Rogers Nelson's last name.

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One street name unlikely to get city approval, however, is "Paisley Parkway." 

Chanhassen City Manager Todd Gerhardt told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that such a street name could cause too much confusion.

"We don't want people driving through a residential neighborhood looking for Paisley Park," Gerhardt said, pointing out what a major attraction Prince's studio has become since his death in 2016. 

The studio is about a mile from the proposed housing development.

Initially, there was talk that Prince's family wouldn't allow any street names or signs that allude to the musician or his music, but Gerhardt said that is not the case.

The Chanhassen City Council voted 5-0 on March 12 to give preliminary approval to the Lennar development that is proposed to include 169 homes on the 188 acres. A total of 57 of the 188 acres will be set aside for woods, trails and wetlands.

The undeveloped part of the property will eventually link to the 102-acre Lake Ann Park adjacent to Prince's land. 

Prince lived in a house on the property until 2006 when he had it torn down. All that remains is a guard building along the driveway and security fencing around the property. 

He then lived at Paisley Park until his death.

The homes will be a range of larger luxury homes and smaller "villa" homes along Galpin Boulevard between Highway 5 to the south and Highway 7 to the north.

The city council will consider final approval at its July 8 meeting. If all goes as planned, Lennar could begin putting roads, sewer and water through by September.


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