320 Walnut Street

The building at 320 Walnut Street, across from City Square Park.

The Chaska City Council approved a conditional use permit Monday night that would allow a 17-person, residential facility for women seeking help for alcohol addictions.

The council voted 4-1, with Mayor Mark Windschitl voting against the project.

Residents would stay in the building for approximately 30-45 days, according to Jason Vanderscoff, CEO of Five Stars Recovery.

The women’s residential building, at 320 Walnut Street across from City Square Park, is located next door to the C.H. Klein Mansion, which is also operated by Vanderscoff for Five Stars Recovery.

A conditional use permit was approved on that site for a nine-person residential facility for women, according to city documents.

“I just feel, it’s an institution and it’s not my vision of what you want to see in that location,” Windschitl said, who also questioned if there would be enough parking for visitors. Vanderscoff said visitors are only permitted to visit on Wednesday and Sunday evenings and residents are given passes to visit family members during the holidays.

Vanderscoff noted there were no other facilities like this in Carver County and he’s been working in Shakopee to set up another project. “There’s definitely a need.”

Community Editor

Mark Olson, the Chaska and Chanhassen community editor who has worked in Carver County for 20 years, makes any excuse to write about local history. In his spare time, Mark enjoys perusing old books, watching blockbusters and taking Midwest road trips.