Maple Grove to study fire service sharing

The Maple Grove City Council considered participating in a Fire Shared Services Study during its meeting Monday, Sept. 17.

Granite City Food and Brewery also came before the council requesting a planned unit development (PUD) development stage plan for a patio.

The council approved a PUD development stage plan for a new building in the Wedgewood Commerce Centre.

Also, the council looked at approving plans and going out for bids for a street and utility project for the Maple Brook development.

This and other action took place during the meeting.




The city of Brooklyn Park invited the cities of Brooklyn Center, Crystal, New Hope, Maple Grove, Osseo, Plymouth and Robbinsdale to participate in a Fire Shared Services Study.

This study would look to see if it is in the best interests of these communities to collaborate on service delivery models. According to staff, the study would review operating methods, service delivery needs, capital investments, staffing models and costs and other factors in providing proactive fire response within the cities participating.

Staff felt, “the study may provide information about how services are delivered and what efficiencies may be gained through enhanced cooperation.”

The total cost for the study by Emergency Services Consulting International is $49,634, with the city’s share being $3,500.

The council ended up approving the city to participate in the Fire Shared Services Study at a cost of $3,500.


This is a rendering of what Granite City Food and Brewery are planning for its new outdoor patio.
This is a rendering of what Granite City Food and Brewery are planning for its new outdoor patio.


The council also looked at a PUD development stage plan amendment from Granite City Food and Brewery, located west of Hemlock Lane inside the Shoppes at Arbor Lakes development. The PUD would allow Granite City to construct a 1,444-square-foot outdoor patio to its facility.

The patio will include wood beams, a large stone fireplace and more landscaping.

The main issue with the request is the parking on the site. Currently, there are 129 parking spaces on the Granite City portion of the lot and 145 spaces on the Redstone portion. City code requires Granite City to now have 193 parking spaces at full capacity.

There are also parking spaces available for patrons to use located anywhere within the Shoppes area and also 275 spaces in the Transit Station.

The Planning Commission recommended approval.

The council directed the city attorney to draft a resolution approving the PUD development stage plan for Granite City Food and Brewery to approve the construction of the 1,444-square-foot outdoor patio addition.




Also during the meeting, the council approved directing the City Attorney to draft a resolution approving a PUD development stage plan, including site plan and final plat of Wedgewood Commerce Centre 18th Addition.

This development would be located north of Bass Lake Road, west of Interstate 494 and east of Wedgewood Road, on a vacant pad.

The building will be 6,600-square-feet and would be constructed with brick, stone and glass, similar architecture to the other buildings in the Shops of Wedgewood.

This proposal also includes a drive-through lane, which would accommodate a coffee shop.




The council also approved ordering the Maple Brook area street and utility project, approving plans and confirming advertisement for bids.

“Council, from your actions earlier this evening, you approved the final plat for this particular project consisting of 56 single-family homes,” City Engineer Ken Ashfeld said.

The development will be located at along Bass Lake Road and west of Lawndale Lane N.

The total proposed assessment for the project is $2.775 million, or $49,554 per lot/unit in the development.



In other action, the council:

APPOINTED the following people as Lieutenant in the Fire Department: Andy Willenbring and Mick Spurrier at Station #1, Paul Hanson and Todd Walock at Station #2, Jeff Woodbury and Robert Schumacher at Station #3, Curt Roberts and Riley Slimmer at Station #4 and Lucas Weigelt at Station #5.

APPROVED the on sale intoxicating/Sunday liquor license for Redstone American Grill, 12109 Main Street N., subject to compliance with liquor license requirements of the city code.

PROCLAIMED Saturday, Sept. 29, as Community Wellness Day at the Maple Grove Community Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

ACCEPTED the resignation of Katie Rodriguez from the Citizens Advisory Committee.