Maple Grove moves ahead with Bridges project

The Maple Grove City Council moved forward on the Bridges at Arbor Lakes third addition during its Tuesday, Sept. 3, meeting. The council had asked the developer to make some changes to the proposed plans, which the developer did.

The council also considered a Rainbow Foods Outlot (Dunkirk Square) planned unit development concept plan amendment and development stage plan, as well as a gymnasium partnership.

A separate story on the city’s proposed 2014 budget can be found elsewhere in this edition.


Bridges at Arbor Lakes

The council again discussed the Bridges at Arbor Lakes third addition project. This time the council directed the city attorney to draft an appropriate resolution approving the amendment to the original planned unit development of the Bridges at Arbor Lakes.

The project would consist of eight units in the side-by-side townhome development. This development would be located south of 82nd Avenue N., east of Magnolia Lane and west of Larch Lane.

This item was tabled by the council previously due to concerns raised about the lack of parking front of the proposed units for guests.

City Planner Peter Vickerman said the applicant adjusted the site plan to show a row of eight parallel parking spaces in front of the units. He said, “What the applicant has proposed is to cut in and add the eight parallel parking spaces so there is parking in front of the building similar to the other side-by-sides where there is parallel parking allowed.”

Previously, the council also had issue with the back of the building, which were where the garages would be located. The applicant submitted new drawings showing added windows on the sides of units and added a significant amount of bump-outs and overhangs on the backs of the units.

Councilor Phil Leith asked if the building shifted back further to accommodate the parking. Vickerman said the front yards were a little smaller now, but the building did not move.

Councilor Karen Jaeger asked, “Is there any reason there are no decks on the backs [of the units]?” Vickerman said the developers felt it made more sense for the residents to have decks on the front so they look at green space and not the back of the building next door.

Both Leith and Mayor Mark Steffenson felt the applicant addressed the issues of the council.


Rainbow Foods Outlet

Also during the meeting, the council considered a request for a planned unit development concept stage amendment and development stage plan for the purpose of constructing a 10,664-square-foot multi-tenant retail building on the north side of the parking lot of Rainbow Foods, part of the Dunkirk Square shopping center south of County Road 30/93rd Avenue and east of Dunkirk Lane.

City Planner Vickerman said staff initially had concerns about the proposal due to lack of parking. A study was done over a one-week period of time, which found there is no more than 24 percent of the parking spaces on the site as a whole being used at one time. Staff felt after the study results, there would be adequate parking with the building added to the site.

Access to the development would be through the two existing accesses from County Road 30. Vickerman said staff has recommended to the developer that a right turn lane be installed at the right-in, right-out area. He added Hennepin County would need to give approval for a turn lane.

The building would made from a combination of brick, stone and glass on all four sides.

Councilor Leann Sargent asked if the building would affect the sight lines in the project area. Vickerman said, “We looked at that and it is set further back than some of those buildings to the west just because of the drive aisle behind it. So there is a further set back from both County Road 30 and the main entrance area.”

The council directed the city attorney to draft a resolution approving the PUD concept plan amendment for the Rainbow Foods Outlot, PUD development stage plan, including site plan and preliminary plat, subject to the applicant addressing to the satisfaction of the city the applicable comments contained in a memorandum.


Gymnasium partnership

The council also made a motion to establish a project to construct three gymnasiums at Maple Grove Junior High School, assign the project to the Long-Term Development Fund, designate the Park Board to administer the project and set up terms of funding the same percentage for Osseo-Maple Grove Basketball Association.

According to staff, for the past several years, OMGBA has been discussing with city staff and Osseo Area School District staff with the idea of adding gyms in the city. The 2013 Citizen Survey showed good support for a partnership to build additional gyms.

An estimated time frame would include: feasibility report on Sept. 15, joint powers agreement and operating agreement on Nov. 15, design development review on Dec. 1, construction document review on Jan. 1, 2014, authorizing bid in February 2014, awarding the contract in March 2014, and construction beginning in April 2014.



In other action, the council:

ADOPTED an ordinance amending the city code, which changes the proximity limitations regarding the issuance of intoxicating liquor licenses. The language of within 750 feet from a licensed daycare facility, private residence, house of worship or school has been eliminated.

AUTHORIZED staff to begin the recruitment process for a project coordinator in the Engineering Department due to the retirement of Al Hartmann, which was accepted with an effective date of Sept. 27.

APPROVED the change in status of Karen Dolge, Finance Clerk II, from part-time to full-time, effective Sept. 4.