Crews have begun working on the site of the future Osseo Gun Club, at the southeast corner of Fourth Street N.W. and First Avenue N.W.
Osseo City Planner Riley Grams said the contractor received grading permits, which allows for the prepping of the site for construction of the building. He added the contractor has also received the building permit.
“So far, it looks like they have begun all of the below grade work, which includes building the concrete block wall and foundation,” he said.
The Osseo Gun Club project consists of a 17,730-square-foot building with a 20-lane indoor shooting range, classrooms, retail space, office room and storage area.
This site has had a history of drainage issues during times of heavy rainfall. In 2009, street and utility improvements were made along Central Avenue that included two new catch basins to the low point in First Avenue N.W. The developer of the Osseo Gun Club previously proposed to tie into the existing storm water system to the north at Fourth Street N.W. The two catch basins would be located in the parking lot design of the Osseo Gun Club. The developer is also required to store storm water runoff so it doesn’t immediately enter into the storm water system.
Grams said, “They have also began to dig out the on-site storm water retention storage area, which is located along First Avenue N.W. The City required that they store all storm water run-off in an on-site holding area, which slowly allows the water to enter into the city’s storm sewer system. The city also made several upgrades to that area (including the installation of a back flow preventer further up the storm sewer pipe system as well as grated man hole covers) which would help alleviate some of the issues we’ve seen there. And with all of the rain we’ve had this spring, we’ve watched that area closely. We’re happy to report that all of the changes seem to be helping a lot.”
The Osseo Gun Club is on schedule to open in October of this year, depending on the weather. The remainder of the building, including the retail space, classroom and lounge area, will be completed in December.