Yesterday, the owners of Pioneer Development had a formal groundbreaking for the first building (to be known as the Runestone) in StoneManor. I gave a short speech that I have enclosed…

“Good afternoon and welcome to the Ground-Breaking of the first building at StoneManor. We would like to introduce the owners of the project, Jim Deal, Matt Kuker, Stan Kirckof and myself. The conception of StoneManor began 5 years ago…the road led to the four of us completing the dream to provide a quality living project that will enhance the lives of Alexandrians for decades to come. With your continued support, we can all make that a reality.

We would like to personally thank Mayor Ness and members of the City Council for their support… and especially thank Mike Weber for his vision and guidance in seeing StoneManor to this date.
I would sincerely like to thank my wife Janet, my two sons and my friend Stan; for tolerating me the last 5 years. I think that tolerate is the right word here.

There are many others that brought us here that need to be thanked for their efforts as well, because it was never easy. These folks are Lyon Contracting-for slapping Stan and I into reality, Jason Murray-Economic Development, the folks at Bremer Bank, members of Design Tree, Gary Syverson-our lead attorney and Julie Rambow-my right arm.

Thank you all again for sharing this day with us, we at Pioneer Development intend to make the citizens of Alexandria proud of StoneManor.”

Anyway, that about sums up where we are about to go with this project. It will be a great addition to the community and will provide good quality housing with additional ammenities not currently found in this market. We suspect that a great deal of our market share will be retirees, empty nesters, senior citizens, single working people, young professionals…all in the crossroads of not wanting to own a home but still looking for secure and affordable housing in Alexandria, MN.

StoneManor will have the highest standards for occupancy that are allowed by the Fair Housing Laws. Prospective tenants will be subject to a criminal background check, a credit check and a previous housing history before they are allowed to gain occupancy. Contrary to some malicious rumours that less intelligent people spread without verification, StoneManor will be a model multi-family development. Again, the citizens of Alexandria, MN will be proud of StoneManor. Thank you.