At the Star Tribune, Rick Nelson recalls fondly his time growing up in Burnsville and his memories of the Birnamwood townhome development, writing “I dreamed that we’d trade our shag carpeted split-entry on B’ville’s west side for a townhouse in stylish Birnamwood.”
ULI Minnesota’s own Bob Engstrom, a ULI Life Trustee, was instrumental in that development. Nelson describes it thusly:
It was created by Pemtom, a developer that practically invented the Twin Cities suburban townhouse landscape. Through the participation of its many forward-thinking principals — including visionary land-use expert Bob Engstrom — the company took a pioneering approach to multiunit development. Open spaces were reserved for all residents to enjoy. Rather than being bulldozed, the terrain’s natural features were not only preserved but treated as marketable assets.
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