Osseo project recognized for ‘success’ in long-term vision
One of the biggest projects in Osseo has received an award from the Minnesota American Planning Association.
The Five Central project was awarded the “Success Stories in Implementation” award.
City Planner Riley Grams said this award is given to a project that shows long-term vision and eventual implementation. “It recognizes that the first step is planning a project such as this may have happened years ago (and the 5 Central project has been in the works for over 15 years now) and awards the project team for their dedication and vision to ‘stay the course’ and see the project to completion,” he added. “It serves proof of excellent on-the-ground planning.”
Grams is a member of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Planning Association. He said every year planning awards are given out the group’s annual conference.
“I submitted the application for this project on behalf of the city and all of the project partners,” he said. “The Award Committee then reviewed all of the submissions and graded them on various criteria including vision, guidance, funding, tools, and legacy. After the grading was complete, the Five Central project was awarded the winner for this particular award.”
Grams said the award shows what solid vision the city has in order to stay the course over so many years. “This project was started out in concept form long before I started working for the city, but it really took shape over the course of the last two years,” he added. “I think the city and its residents should be proud of the long term commitment of the city staff and the City Council. Not every city has an award winning residential project.”
Phase I of the project is all but complete, with just a few minor items left to be done. Grams said a majority of the residents have already moved into the first phase. Phase II officially broke ground and work has already taken off over the last few weeks. Phase II is scheduled to be 100 percent completed by April 2015.
The award will be presented to the city at the annual Minnesota American Planning Association conference in Duluth Oct. 1. Grams will be present at the conference to receive the award. He added the project will be recognized in front of thousands of planning professionals from all over the Upper Midwest.
“I think it’s important to note what great staff Osseo has and how we truly are working for the best interests of the community,” Grams said. “Sometimes ‘city workers’ get a bad rap, but if people really looked at the hard work we put in each day, they would be thankful that Osseo has some very talented people working for them. This award is only a small recognition of the work my office does on a daily basis.”