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March/April 2019


Blaine Biz Connect is a monthly e-newsletter to keep you up to date on development happenings in the City of Blaine. From commercial to industrial to residential, Blaine is one of the fastest growing cities in Minnesota and always has new and exciting projects on the horizon.

In this newsletter, you will learn about featured developments, groundbreakings, grand openings, new businesses coming to Blaine, and recent approvals by the Blaine City Council.


Legends of Blaine

Featured Development - Legends of Blaine


Late in 2018, Dominium Development embarked on the Legends of Blaine project. Located near the corner of 109th Avenue and Lexington Avenue and part of the Lexington Meadows development, this $30 million project will include 198 affordable, age 50+, active senior rental apartment units. The apartments will have various building amenities such as underground parking, a community room with a fireplace, a fitness center, a theater room, a card/craft room, and a landscaped outdoor seating area. 
 
Apartments will feature private balconies or patios, washer/dryer in each unit, large walk-in closets and 9-foot ceilings. Units will include one, two, and three-bedroom options. Rents will range from $975-$1,350 per month depending on the size of the unit. The project is anticipated to be completed in mid-2020. Dominium recently completed similar projects in Columbia Heights, Spring Lake Park and Coon Rapids. For rent inquiries, please contact Dominium directly at 763-354-5500.       

City Council Approvals

Oakwood Ponds

Oakwood Ponds 2nd Addition


On February 7, the city council approved a final plat for 50 lots for the Oakwood Ponds second addition. Oakwood Ponds is located in the northeast corner of Blaine, north of Main Street. The plat includes 31 single family lots and 19 detached townhome lots. Excelsior Group is acting as the main developer with Creative Homes being the primary builder. For information visit creativehci.com.   

New Creations Childcare


On March 7, the city council approved a conditional use permit to allow for New Creations Child Care and Learning Center to operate at 10301 Lexington Avenue. This building, located at the corner of Ball Road and Lexington Avenue, was most recently was a fitness gym. Modifications to the building will occur over the next several months and the facility will be open for up to 120 students.
Aspen Village

Aspen Village


On March 7, the city council approved changes to the Aspen Village development located at 9103 Lexington Avenue. The original project was approved in 2017 for 18 attached townhome units. The builder has constructed one, four unit building. However, the developer wants to introduce two new product types including a one-level product and smaller two-level units. For more information visit capterahomes.com.

Dem-Con Construction


On March 7, the city council approved a conditional use permit to allow for Dem-Con Construction to operate a metal recycling facility at 3360 99th Court. Dem-Con has an existing facility at 3280 99th Court where a fire occurred last summer. They are rebuilding the facility at 3280 99th Court and expanding their operation with the purchase of the building at 3360 99th Court.

Highway 65 Online Open Houses


MnDOT, in partnership with Anoka County and the cities of Ham Lake, Blaine and Spring Lake Park, began a far-reaching study of the Hwy 65 Corridor in August 2018. The study will examine a range of cost-effective roadway alternatives to address capacity, access, mobility and safety issues between Bunker Lake Boulevard in Ham Lake and Co. Rd. 10/Mounds View Boulevard in Spring Lake Park. 

 
MnDOT recently held two public open houses as a part of the Highway 65 Safety and Mobility Corridor Study. The open houses provided an opportunity to hear about the study and give feedback on the condition of Highway 65. If you were unable to attend, a virtual open house will be available on MnDOT’s project website through March 29.

 
The project schedule outlines design alternatives for Highway 65 to be created this summer.  Further open houses for the public to provide input on the design alternatives will occur in the future. 

 
Online open house: highway65studyonlinemeeting.com/

3M Open - TPC Twin Cities

3M Open


It is only a little more than three months away from the PGA Tour coming to Blaine! The new 3M Open will take place July 1-7 at the TPC Twin Cities in Blaine. This event will feature the world’s top golfers for the weeklong event. Practice rounds are open to the public on Tuesday and Wednesday with full tournament play occurring Thursday-Sunday. Events during the week will include a concert on Friday, July 5 featuring the Zac Brown Band at the National Sports Center with fireworks afterwards. Tickets are available for the playing rounds and concert at 3mopen.com.


Small Business Loan Programs


In 2018 the City of Blaine established a Small Business Loan Program to provide additional financial assistance to small business owners who are improving an existing building and/or redeveloping a commercial or industrial property. In general, projects will increase tax base, improve blighted properties, increase employment, and bring properties into conformance with existing city and state codes. Loans up to $75,000 are available with a private match being required.
 
Eligible expenses include exterior site improvements such as parking lots, trash enclosures, signs, fences and landscaping. Exterior building improvements such as additions, windows, awnings, masonry repairs and demolition are also eligible. For more information please contact Economic Development Department.  

Did You Know?


In 1964, Blaine was incorporated as a city with the adoption of a home rule charter with a growing population of 15,516. The official flower is the Marigold and was designated in 1980. The city seal is a replica of the State Seal of Minnesota, the Star of the North.

More Information

This newsletter is brought to you by the Blaine Planning and Development Department. Find us online at BlaineBiz.com.

Erik Thorvig
Economic Development Coordinator
ethorvig@blainemn.gov
763-785-6147

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